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Former MDC-T MP wails in court

by Staff reporter
18 Aug 2016 at 05:42hrs | Views

Harare provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe yesterday briefly adjourned proceedings after former Mabvuku/Tafara MP, Timothy Mubhawu, openly wailed in court much to the amusement of people in the gallery.

The former MDC-T legislator is facing allegations of breaching a protection order after he allegedly chased his wife from the couple's matrimonial home last month.

When Chikwekwe returned after adjournment, he asked Mubhawu why he was crying and the latter apologised for his actions.

"I acknowledge, your worship, the truth before Jesus Christ and you, your worship, I have seven dockets, your, worship, and I am always in court . . . I am very sorry yet there are biological actions which are beyond my control, I sincerely apologise," Mubhawu said, while wiping tears with a tissue paper.

The defence lawyer, Tungamirai Chakurira, then applied for the postponement of the matter, saying his client was not feeling well and wanted to consult a doctor. Chakurira said Mubhawu was in a state of emotional distress after suffering from depression over numerous allegations.

Prosecutor Chrispen Chikafu did not oppose the postponement and Chikwekwe remanded the matter to August 22, but warned Mubhawu the trial would continue on the next remand date.

"This case has been postponed on numerous occasions, the first time it was on mental grounds and now stomach pains.

Next time we will not entertain any excuses," Chikwekwe said.

Allegations are that on May 24 this year, Mubhawu's wife Moline Elizabeth applied for a protection order. After two days, Mubhawu was served with summons to attend court on June 21, but the couple did not show up.

It is alleged Moline went back to the Civil Court and was given another court date, which was August 1, but prior to that on July 11, Moline had gone to Rhodesville Police Station and reported that Mubhawu had chased her from their matrimonial home and she was currently staying with her relatives.

Mubhawu was allegedly slapped with a protection order, but he refused to sign it.

Source - newsday
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