MDC-T MP’s trial postponed sixth time, magistrate recuses himself

Trial for MDC-T Mkoba Mp Amos Chibaya who is accused of inciting public violence was today postponed for the sixth time since October last year. Presiding magistrate Vengai Douglas Chikwekwe has since recused himself from the case advising the state to look for another law officer to proceed with.

Chibaya was arrested on October 29 last year after he had gone to report known ZANU (PF) goons who had extensively damaged his official vehicle at Guine Fowl, about 15 Kilometers from Gweru. The police officers instead of bringing the thugs to book, accused the legislator of inciting the violence and locked him up.

Trial of the case which had been scheduled to begin today had to be postponed to May 11 after prosecutor Bornwell Balamanje told the court that the state could not proceed in the absence of Area Prosecutor Samuel Pedzisayi who is reportedly away.

Recusing himself from the case, magistrate Chikwekwe said:

“I have presided over the case for a long time and so in the interest of justice; I recuse myself meaning the state should look for another magistrate.”

Its not the first time that Chibaya has had a brush with the justice system. In March last year he was accused of assaulting a soldier. The case was however thrown out after the said complainant-Hungwe denied in court that he had been assaulted by Chibaya thereby exposing police.

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