Gwisai’s defence to cross examine state witness on Wednesday

Defence lawyers representing former MDC-T MP Munyaradzi Gwisai, who is accused of plotting against the government, are to begin cross examining the ‘star’ witness for the state on Wednesday.

Munyaradzi Gwisai
Munyaradzi Gwisai

The University of Zimbabwe law lecturer is jointly charged with Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Edson Chakuma, Hopewell Gumbo and Welcome Zimuto.

Gwisai was arrested in February after showing students and activists’ videos of the Arab uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. He was initially charged with treason and plotting to overthrow Robert Mugabe but that has been downgraded to ‘conspiracy to commit public violence’.

Proceedings in court on Wednesday will focus on the witness, described as police detective sergeant, Jonathan Shoko. The defence has lined up witnesses who will testify that Shoko is not what he claims to be.

A highly placed source told SW Radio Africa that this so-called star witness is a dodgy character who has disrupted the flow of the trial, at one time absenting himself from court resulting in the state applying for his warrant of arrest.

‘In the last week alone he could not attend court as he said his wife had been admitted in hospital, then the following day he could not spend the day at court because he had to pick his wife from hospital.

‘Yesterday (Monday) he could not continue in the afternoon as he was no longer feeling well. Suspicions are rising that he is not what he claims but a ZANU PF loyalist or CIO operative bent on serving Mugabe and his cronnies,’ our source said.

It is alleged the witness has been misleading the court since the trial began, giving false testimony of what transpired during the February meeting.

‘Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama is going to expose this guy for what he is. A lot of information has been dug up about this Shoko to prove that he is not a police officer as he claims but something else. There will be fireworks in court and there are concerns he might not even turn up for the cross examination, fearing that he is going to be exposed,’ our source said. – SW Radio Africa

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