By Petronilla Mukamuri/ Vimbai Majaha
MDC Alliance youth leaders Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri blocked commencement of their trial, on allegations of faking their abduction on grounds that there was a pending High Court challenge on the matter.
Their lawyer, Alec Muchadehama applied for postponement of the trial of the duo who have since been separated from co-accused, Joan Mamombe.
Muchadehama in his application submitted that trial could not proceed since there was a pending application at the High Court challenging separation of trial of Harare West legislator Joana Mamombe from her co-accused.
Muchadehama, who is Chimbiri,Marova and Mamombe’s lead counsel submitted to the court that he was against the trial commencement today as he had a pending application at the High court.
The application is challenging Magistrate Bianca Makwande’s ruling on separation of Mamombe from Marova and Chimbiri.
The separation of trial was issued after it appeared Mamombe was unfit owing to mental health challenges.
“In respectable of Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, the state alleged that they were ready for trial but we applied for postponement whilst we pursue the application for review that we made against the magistrate’s ruling that the trial be separated,” said Muchadehama.
The state led by Michael Reza and Whisper Mabhaudhi argued that despite pending applications, the trial should have to commenced.
“We are ready for trial, if the High court gives their ruling, the matter can be stayed at any time,” argued Reza.
Magistrate Makwande postponed the trial saying Chimbiri and Marova should appear on 17 December 2020 for commencement of trial.