Lu­mumba hires, fires lawyers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

FOR­MER Zanu-PF ac­tivist Wil­liam Mu­tu­manje, also known as Acie Lu­mumba, has de­vel­oped a knack for hir­ing and fir­ing lawyers.

Lu­mumba is charged with un­der­min­ing the author­ity of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Yes­ter­day a Harare mag­is­trate chided Lu­mumba for “bring­ing a new lawyer for ev­ery court ses­sion”.

This was af­ter he brought Ad­vo­cate Zvikom­borero Chadambuka to rep­re­sent him.

In the last court ses­sion, Lu­mumba was rep­re­sented by Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa.

Ear­lier on he had been rep­re­sented by Mr Ar­shiel Mugiya.

Mag­is­trate Mr Vakayi Chik­wekwe yes­ter­day in­quired if the new Ad­vo­cate was in­structed.

The de­fence coun­sel pro­duced a let­ter from Lu­mumba’s first lawyer, Mr Mugiya, which Mr Chik­wekwe said was not clear.

The prose­cu­tor Mr Os­car Mad­hume said the mat­ter was be­ing con­tin­u­ally post­poned at the in­sis­tence of the ac­cused.

To this Mr Chik­wekwe said, “Ac­cused you are con­fused, go and put your house in or­der.

“With so many lawyers in the coun­try, I won­der how many you will bring to this case.” The mat­ter was ad­journed to Au­gust 11. Lu­mumba seeks Con­sti­tu­tional Court re­fer­ral of his mat­ter fol­low­ing the dis­missal of his ap­pli­ca­tion

chal­leng­ing place­ment on re­mand.

He said his con­sti­tu­tional rights as en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion were be­ing in­fringed. Al­le­ga­tions are that on June 30 Lu­mumba said “Mr Pres­i­dent Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe f*** you. I am draw­ing the red line, our kids are in trou­ble so it is a red line I know and my name is Lu­mumba, Lu­mumba, Lu­mumba...”

He was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence where he un­veiled his po­lit­i­cal party.

It is fur­ther al­leged that he went on to say that if any­thing hap­pens to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, his chil­dren would be dealt with.

“I am some­one’s child, a war vet­eran’s child, you can touch me, but I hope you live long be­cause God for­bid some­thing hap­pens to you and you leave your kids, they will be touched too.”

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