HARARE magistrate Tendai Mahwe, who is presiding over MDC–T deputy national chairman Morgan Komichi’s trial, yesterday said the court was unable to allocate the time that the defence was asking for because the court had other matters to deal with.
Komichi’s lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, had complained over the little time that the case was being allocated after it sat for only one session yesterday.
Mahwe, however, said the court could not afford to give the trial three sessions a day because it had a huge workload that needed to be dealt with and in some of the cases, witnesses would have travelled to attend court.
Muchadehama raised the concern after the trial had been adjourned to today after just one session.
Law officer Michael Mugabe from the Attorney-General’s Office, who is representing the State, said he was disturbed that during almost every hearing Muchadehama would refer to the fact that his client was in custody, something already known to the court.