By ZBC Reporter
FORMER Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is set to stand trial for criminal abuse of office after his application for objection was dismissed by the court.
Mphoko who is facing allegations of criminal abuse of office had objected to the charges arguing that they were vague and embarrassing.
In dismissing the application, the court ruled that Mphoko committed the alleged crime when he was not an ordinary person.
The court also stated that the former vice president had powers to perform the duties of an Acting President at the time he committed the alleged crime.
It is the state’s case that sometime in 2016 during his tenure as vice president, Mphoko stormed Avondale Police Station where he instructed junior police officers to release two Zimbabwe National Road Administration officials who had been arrested for alleged criminal abuse of office.
Mphoko will be back in court on the 19th of next month.
In another case, Harare City Council official Edgar Dzehonye has appeared in court facing criminal abuse of office charges in connection with allocating residential stands in Westlea suburb to undeserving people who include police officers and a prosecutor who have since been arrested and charged.
Dzehonye, who is Harare City Council’s Principal Housing Officer, was remanded in custody to the 17th of next month.