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Former MP’s case stalls


The case of former MDC MP for Bulilima East Norman Mpofu, accused of uttering words which may cause public disorder at a funeral of an MDC-T activist, failed to start at the Plumtree courts last week as police reportedly told him they were not yet ready.


Mpofu was arrested on November 2 in Plumtree and detained only to be released following the intervention of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ Nontokozo Dube Tachiwona.

On his release, police details advised him and his lawyer that he would be taken to court on November 6 or 7.

But on Friday, Tachiwona told NewsDay that the case had failed to open as police said they were not ready to take the case to the courts.

“The case has not yet started. The police said they were not yet ready to send the case to courts and would advise us when they are ready,” she said.

Mpofu is alleged to have said Zanu PF was a government of thieves and murderers.

On his release, Mpofu told NewsDay that on October 20, he addressed mourners gathered to bury an MDC-T activist, Sindile Napa.
He said a Zanu PF activist Walter Malume Moyo reported him to the police claiming he had insulted him.

Mpofu admitted having told the people not to fear and allow CIOs to intimidate them like they allegedly did to teachers at Dingumuzi Primary School some time in 2011 where the educators were allegedly forced to sing in front of pupils.

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