Former VP Mphoko says not ready for trial

By ZBC Reporter
LAWYERS representing former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko in his criminal abuse of office case have admitted that he is not ready for trial after they once again failed to provide the state with a defence outline.
The trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office was off to a false start after he came to court unprepared, leading to the postponement of the case to the 30th of this month.
Mphoko, whose application for referral of his case to the Constitutional Court was dismissed by a Harare magistrate, Hosea Mujaya, appeared before the same magistrate this Thursday and filed for the court to verify its earlier judgement.
However, Magistrate Mujaya dismissed the application by Mphoko’s lawyer, Zibusiso Ncube, stating that the trial should commence but the defense failed to provide the state with the defense outline and promised to do so by end of day this Friday.
Mphoko is being charged for ordering release of former ZINARA bosses, Engineer Moses Juma and Davison Norupiri who had been arrested on corruption charges.