Coup Plotters Trial Postponed
Harare,- Zimbabwe Supreme court has postponed indefinitely a treason case which was was set to be heard Thursday in which seven men were arrested in 2007 and charged with plotting to overthrow Robert Mugabe's the lawyer representing the accused said.
The seven who are allegedly led by a retired army Captain, Albert Matapo were arrested in May 2007 for plotting to overthrow Mugabe’s government to replace him with the now Minister of Defence Emmerson Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa has since distanced himself from the seven and denied the allegations describing them as ‘stupid’.
The lawyer representing the seven, Charles Warara said Zimbabwe highest court has been failing to bring his clients for trial describing the reasons being given by the Supreme court as ‘strange’.
“For some strange reason we seem to be put off by the Supreme court’s failure to resume the trial.We were given three judges at first instead of five to hear the case and later they said that they are supposed to be five,” Charles Warara of Warara and associates said.
“The hearing was set to begin today (Thursday) but we received a letter two days ago from the Supreme court saying they can’t find the judges to take on the case.I don’t know what this means.”
It is the state’s case that sometime in 2007 Matapo recruited six men to topple Mugabe’s government while at the same time approached a number of serving military officers to undertake the task of removing the octogenarian leader from power.
Matapo and his six co-accused are still languishing in remand prison.The other six Nyasha Zivuku, Oncemore Mazivahona, Emmanuel Marara, Patson Mupfure, Shingirai Mutemachani, and Rangarirai Maziofa.
Matapo and his co-accused also face a charge of inciting members of the defence forces to unlawfully overthrow Mugabe’s government in 2007.The accused are charged of approaching military soldiers to assist in overthrowing Mugabe.
The soldiers who were allegedly approached are Captain Sherpherd Maromo, Captain Olivia Maroala, Corporal Elias Gape, Charles Mufudze, Sergeant Owen Bafara and Ronald Matanga.
Its now over two years since Matapo and his co-accused were arrested and are yet to go on trial.
Political analysts have said trumped up treason charges have been used by Mugabe’s government since 1980 to silence his perceived opponents.
Former PF-ZAPU leader and late Vice President Joshua Nkomo faced treason charges in the 80’s, the late former ZANU leader Ndabaningi Sithole had the same charge hanging over him until his death while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai escaped the death penalty in 2002 after he was hauled before the courts facing treason but walked out a free man. RadioVOP