ZimRights director breaks down in court

ZIMBABWE Human Rights director Okay Machisa, who is accused of fraud, yesterday broke down at the High Court after his bail appeal failed to be heard as it emerged some important documents were missing from his record.

REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON SENIOR COURT REPORTER

A sombre atmosphere engulfed the bail court’s corridor while relatives and friends tried to calm the human rights defender as he wiped tears running down his cheeks.

“Why are they doing this to me? What have I done? I work for the people,” Machisa murmured as prison officials dispersed sympathisers attempting to console him.

Yesterday’s failed hearing was the fourth in a row this week alone.

High Court judge Justice Felistus Chatukuta said she could not entertain Machisa’s case as she had not been provided with relevant documents to familiarise herself with the matter.

“I do not have a full record of proceedings with me. There is no State outline and exhibits,” she said.

“I, therefore, did not go through the record that I have because all the necessary documents I wanted to consider were not availed before me.”

The matter was later stood down to the end of the roll and referred to the judge’s chambers where the registrar was set to be called to explain the non-appearance of important court documents in the record.

On Thursday, Machisa’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa accused the State of trying to buy time after prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba told the court the State would not proceed with the matter because the papers were not in order.

“The system in place makes a mockery of the bail rules,” she charged.

“The accused has been in custody for more than a week and nothing has been done to make sure everything was in order and the State had the record.”

Machisa and his organisation’s members are accused of manufacturing fake voter registration certificates, which the State alleges were set to be used for malicious purposes during the forthcoming harmonised general elections this year.

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19 Comments

  1. Important documents are missing from his court records, a blast suspected to have been caused by a landmine kills 5! is there enough security in these government places?

  2. it seems they are just tryin to “fix” the poor guy by keepin him in remand prison.. Really sad. To think these people actually went to university, law school etc and wake up everyday and claim to be upholdin our laws when it seems they are jus out to settle scores. I don’t understand how a judge will keep someone detained merely because a few papers we lost (by the prosecution i must add), yet his alleged crime ain’t even so henious. Ah yah, sometimes i wish i wasn’t born into this system. Hamunyari here????

  3. This is pathetic to say the least.

    1. no need for him to cry, its called politicts, its a dirty game.

  4. compromised judicial system,not guilty before proven otherwise what happened to it anywere weall know state resources are being wasted to settle grudges minister biti should suffocate those institutions financially.

  5. This is a sorry state of affairs. anyone who is not zanu pf is subjected to this kind of suffering. machisa should not cry but should build himself strong because he knows what happened to the Glen view murder case
    .

  6. Aita twake ndihombarume. Dont cry big boy because more donor funds await you

  7. Nhai, this fellow is now crying, mean while he knew very well he was playing with fire. You play, you pay….thats the rule of the game.

    1. patriotic my foot

      i wonder if u r a zimbabwean,we are tired of people like u,atleast these guys are fighting fo our rights, u r busy mocking them

  8. imi majudge especially high court judges going upwards do not be involved in these political games.why is this man being denied bail when its infact the prosecution whose papers are not in order.For sure did someone go to law school kuti azongouya achiita mapoliticl judgements.remember there is also a higher judge than you to whom all of you will be accountable.cant believe you even ask people to swear with one hand on the bible when you are being used to perpetrate evil

  9. Wezhiramukaranga

    shame on you felistas whatevr, this time will pass and some day you will be accountable for your heartlessness.

  10. Many tears shall fall on your cheeks, everyday shall be a struggle. It is your calling. Ndiyonzira yauchafamba nayo. we are praying for you and Zimbabwe. It’s not easy.
    God will see you through.

  11. cry the beloved country

    then the AG says there’s no selective justice in the country. this is sickening. this is probably a family man with wife and kids waiting at home. havanyariwo here

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  13. nyatsimba mutota.

    Vatoita matumbu .ne oppresssion.

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    Long Live Machisa! Press on press on press on

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