EX VP Mphoko trial in false start, again

By ZBC Reporter
FORMER Vice President, Phekezela Mphoko’s trial failed to kick off this Thursday after his new legal representative requested for postponement citing incapacitation as he has not been furnished with a transcript of previous proceedings.
Mphoko through his lawyer, Thembinkosi Magwaliba requested to be fully furnished with the transcript of the record of previous proceedings so his counsel can advise him from an informed point of view.
“I have not been able to properly give advice to the accused person. I was not involved in those proceedings for the accused person from the word go. I have not been able to properly and effectively give legal advice to the accused person on his rights and any matters that arose from those proceedings before my involvement. This morning the clerk of the court confirmed that the record of proceedings will only be made available after the 21st of February 2020.
I wish to place it on record your worship that the request for the record still stands and we still remain incapacitated to fully and factually advice to the accused person. Should any matters arise which require any issues that we have propelled already, I request that those matters be dealt with after the record has been transcribed,” he said.
The state promised to furnish Mphoko’s defence counsel with the transcript on the 19th of February without fail.
Presiding over the matter, Harare Magistrate, Magistrate Hosea Majaya postponed the matter and set 28 February as the trial date.
The former VP is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he reportedly ordered the release of former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) Acting Chief Executive, Moses Juma and ex-board member Davison Norupiri from Avondale Police Station who had been arrested in 2016 for the same offence.