BY HARRIET CHIKANDIWA
The trial of former Tourism minister Priscah Mupfumira, who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office and money laundering, failed to kick off yesterday after the State said, it wanted more time to study amendments made to the docket.
Mupfumira appeared before Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya, who deferred the trial to December 9, following arguments between the State and the former minister’s lawyer, Charles Chinyama.
The State, represented by Sharon Vito, said it did not have enough time to go through the amendments from the last remand date.
Chinyama, however, complained that the postponements were reducing the trial court to a remand court.
He also complained that he had not been served with the papers by the State.
Mupfumira is being charged with abuse of office and prejudicing the State pension fund manager, National Social Security Authority (Nssa) of over US$95 million.
Meanwhile, the trial date for the Amalgamated Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) members who were arrested in August this year after they staged a demonstration over salaries at the Finance ministry was also deferred to December 2 by Harare magistrate.
Obert Masaraure, Doug Coltart, Andrew Munguri, Gerald Tavengwa, Nation Mudzitirwa, Leopold Munhende, Tryvine Musokeri, Godfrey Chanda, Shepherd Tazvivinga, and Simon Drury appeared before Harare magistrate Richard Ramabowa who deferred the trial to December 2, 2019.