GWERU – Chiwundura constituency MP Levison Chimina is seeking recusal of prosecutor in a recently resumed court case where he is facing assault charges.
The Gweru magistrate’s court today postponed the case to 15 June 2020.
Chimina together with City of Gweru employee, Charles Machangira and a bus company supervisor, Leticia Mteliso are accused of assaulting a Zanu PF youth, Thomas Moyo on 10 January 2019 after he had invaded Kudzanayi bus terminus rank together with other ruling party youths to illegally collect parking fees from buses.
Namatirai Chipere is representing the state.
Speaking to CommuTalk Chimina’s lawyer, Wellington Davira confirmed the development and said his client is hinting that the prosecutor is an interested party since she is a known Zanu PF supporter.
“My client feels he is being persecuted for being an affiliate of the MDC Alliance in a case being handled by a known Zanu PF supporter. My client also says there is word in the street that the prosecutor is saying she is sending Chimina to jail without fail.
“Though all the allegations from my client might not be proven, basing on point that these are facts coming from an involved party, at law we are allowed on grounds of recusal to take such a move so as to facilitate for access to justice,” said Davira.
The development comes shortly after one of the witnesses in the case; Rumbidzai Waungana was identified by the accused as a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative coached to give fabricated evidence against him.
Cross examination last week before magistrate Tavengwa Sangster, asked Waungana become a witness in two different cases involving Chimina to which she responded saying she enjoyed following up on issues to do with breaking of the law.