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RBZ employee can't testify in Mliswa case – state


The state yesterday objected to an application by the defence to call a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Divisional Chief, Morris Mpofu, to testify in favour of incarcerated businessman Temba Mliswa.
Prosecutor Tendai Chiduwa yesterday said, upon further consultations, the state had concluded that it would not want to jeopardise its case by allowing the defence to lead evidence from Mpofu who is also a state witness.
“Upon further consultations, the state is objecting to the calling of RBZ official Mpofu because he is a state witness and the state does not want to adduce evidence from him at this stage.
Mpofu is of no relevance to the bail application,” Chiduwa said. “Calling Mpofu would be tantamount to interfering and intimidating the witness or undermining the trial proceedings,” the prosecutor said.
However, Mliswa’s lawyer Charles Chinyama said, the state had showed documents to Detective Inspector Samuel Masvokweni purportedly from Mpofu , which were not signed as such the defence wanted Mpofu to clarify the issue. “Mpofu is not being called for purposes of trial but to test the waters as regards the strength of the state case.
“Mpofu is wanted to testify on the authenticity of the letters or whether he at any stage as the divisional chief of RBZ ever made a report to the police,” Chinyama argued.
Harare Magistrate Donald Ndirowei is expected to make a ruling today. According to the state, Mliswa allegedly sold 26 000 bales of tobacco and removed them from Bak Storage but did not remit the proceeds to RBZ. Mliswa argued the matter was purely civil one.
Mliswa has been in custody since June 28 on allegations of defrauding RBZ of $3,5 million and theft of six 60 KVA generators.

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