Top Zimbabwean lawyer accused of faking Con Court affidavit


Munashe Rungano

Zimbabwean police on Monday pressed charges against opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s lawyer Thabani Mpofu for obstructing the course of justice for allegedly filing a court application in January last year supported by a “fake” affidavit.
Mpofu presented himself to Rhodesville Police Station on Monday morning in the company of his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.
According to a copy of the charges, the police accuse Mpofu of conspiring with a Makaza and Choice Damiso, who is a commissioner of oaths, of drafting an affidavit in the name of a Simbarashe Zuze, who the state alleges is non-existent.

The affidavit was then filed at the Constituitonal Court in a case challenging the appointment of Kumbirai Hodzi as Prosecuter General.
Mpofu rose to prominence when he represented Nelson Chamisa and the opposition at the Constituitional Court in 2018. The bid to overtun the presidential election result was however,unsuccesful.
The MDC has condemned the conduct of the police in handling the case and further accusing the government for abusing the law in furthering the pattern of attacks on the opposition party.
“The persecution of Advocate Mpofu comes shortly after the abduction, torture and sexual assault of three of our female members who were enforcebly disappeared a fortnight ago” said the MDC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere.
“The attempt to use state instruments to dismember the democratic movement will not stop us from pursuing the agenda of change.”
Mpofu is in custody and is expected to appear in court within 48 hours.

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