Mzembi seriously ill: Lawyer

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Tourism minister Walter Mzembi speaking during the 100 Great Zimbabweans Awards on Tuesday

FORMER Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi has been admitted into the intensive care unit of a private South African hospital and is unable to attend his fraud trial in Harare, his lawyer Job Sikhala said yesterday.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Sikhala made the disclosure before magistrate Victoria Mashamba after the State threatened to apply for a warrant of Mzembi’s arrest for wilful default.

“Your Worship, my client has a serious health condition which I disclosed under camera when we appeared before your sister magistrate Tilda Mazhande last week. It is on this background that he is not in attendance today,” he said.

“He will take 10 days in the intensive care unit and is restricted to move or fly, as his condition is serious. He is unable to walk or do any other business up to a period of six weeks and it will be proper for the State to ask for an administrative warrant.”

Mashamba upheld Sikhala’s application and issued an administrative warrant for Mzembi.

The former Cabinet minister and Zanu PF legislator, who is on $400 bail, is facing various fraud allegations, which include unauthorised donation of four government-sourced television screens to the United Family International Church led by Emmanuel Makandiwa, Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries and Nehemiah Mutendi’s Zion Christian Church in Masvingo.

The television sets had been bought by government for the promotion of the World Cup in 2010. He also faces a theft of trust property valued at $1,8 million at his former Tourism ministry.

23 COMMENTS

  1. we never heard of this illness during mugabes time what is going on mr job sikhala could this be a ploy or its for real

  2. So he is in ICU and they already know in advance that he will need to there for 10 days. Interesting medical condition he must have.

    • & MDC guys have Zanu lawyers. When its your case u look for the best guy not party jacket

  3. ED put these thugs to jail we want a new zimbabwe we cant acieve that tigere nema looters during the gushungo reign they stole bakazadza their bellys time they to slim up chikurubi has ICU facilities

  4. ED put these thugs to jail we want a new zimbabwe we cant acieve that tigere nema looters during the gushungo reign they stole bakazadza their bellys time they to slim up chikurubi has ICU facilities

  5. The individual to take the flake for all the rot that was in the country is Bob himself. it was a free for all during that era. every body was doing his own thing ,government, parastals ,local authourities and even churches ,the private sector etc. you saw the list of those who were externalising? but you dont go and shoot down all the baboons in the forest because they have eaten maize in your field ! the point has been made lets move on!!

  6. The individual to take the flake for all the rot that was in the country is Bob himself. it was a free for all during that era. every body was doing his own thing ,government, parastals ,local authourities and even churches ,the private sector etc. you saw the list of those who were externalising? but you dont go and shoot down all the baboons in the forest because they have eaten maize in your field ! the point has been made lets move on!!

  7. Ko Mzembi waddi kumbotraya kufa tione? Zve illness izvi zvine problem pakuti you cant keep hiding behind it for long!!!

  8. this one is known and it is even known when he will be out of icu never heard of something like this as when one goes into intensive care its 50/50 kinda funny

    • before you get into ICU, they may not know how long it will take. But he is already there, which means if it was a surgery, its already done and the doctors can predict with a certain level of confidence how much longer he needs to stay in ICU for monitoring. Is that so difficult to understand?

  9. Comment…Tendai Biti represented Gideon Gono at some point, Nelson Chamisa took an active role in the retrenchment process of thousands of workers in 2016. He hired his trucks to Gushungo diary. lt is not new to see Job Sikhala sweating trying to cover up for Walter Mzembi, a known G40 member , a cabal that denied public discussion of presidential succession, and corrupt. We understand them vakomana avo. When they go around the world demanding electoral reforms and sanctions while we are already in this new era , we know what it means. lt means making more money, taking advantage of the situation at hand.

  10. Ponde unonyeba, Sikhala haana kumboti akaudzwa nadoctor time period yekugara muICU, angotaura from the top of
    his head. That clearly sold out their lying plan!

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