Lawyers get bail

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Blessing Masakadza

HARARE lawyers Tapiwa Makanza and Joshuwa Chirambwe were yesterday granted $20 000 bail each on allegations of conniving with another lawyer, Thabani Mpofu, in filing a case with a fictitious name at the Constitutional Court challenging the appointment of the Prosecutor-General.

Mpofu has since appeared in court on the allegations and is out on bail.
The two were not asked to plead on allegations of defeating the course of justice when they separately appeared before regional magistrate Crispen Mberewere who remanded them out of custody to July 10.

They were both ordered to surrender passports and that they should report to the police once a week.

Their lawyers, Paidamoyo Saurombe and Obey Shava respectively, gave the State notice that they will be challenging placement on remand on the next court appearance date.

The court heard that the accused, acting in connivance with Mpofu, connived to obstruct any investigation in the existence of one Simbarashe Zuze upon realisation that the initial application entered by Mpofu had been struck off the Constitutional Court roll.

It is alleged that in February last year, the accused went on to duplicate contents of the affidavit purported to have been made by Zuze and created another affidavit in his name before filing an application at the Constitutional Court.

The State alleged that the accused intended to nullify the appointment of the Prosecutor-General on the basis of a fictitious person who did not have the necessary locus standi.

It is said the secretary for the Judicial Services Commission, Walter Chikwanha, picked the anomaly among other issues, which resulted in the application being struck off the roll on suspicion that it could be fake and did not meet set standards.

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