Zim justice minister off the hook


“The (prosecution) has dismally failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and the accused is, therefore, found not guilty and acquitted,” magistrate Phineas Chipokoteke said in Rusape.

“A close analysis shows inconsistency in the witness’ evidence and, as always, evidence from one witness has to be treated with caution.”

Chinamasa had been accused of trying to stop prosecution witness James Kaunye from testifying against a supporter of the Minister of State for National Security, Didymus Mutasa.

Kaunye told the court that Chinamasa had offered him a farm if he withdrew public violence charges against Albert Nyakuedzwa, Mutasa’s supporter.

Chinamasa pleaded not guilty and dismissed allegations against him as baseless, false and malicious.

“This was basically meant to harass and embarrass me, wear me down and cause me to be kicked out of the system,” he told journalists after his acquittal. ‘ SAPA.

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