HARARE – Magistrate Lazini Ncube has barred the public from following the trial of Marry Chiwenga’s trial where her husband Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is expected to testify today at 11:15.
In his ruling, Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube said, “The other part needs to point out what it will suffer if the next witness is taken in camera.
The accused will not suffer any prejudice coz they still have time to question the witness.
“The evidence to be held needs to protect the office office of the witness,” he said.
Mubaiwa’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa had earlier opposed the state application saying her client has a right to a fair and public trial.
“Application by state seeks to curtail the right of public hearing of the accused which is absolute according to the law. Therefore the application ought to fail,” said Mtetwa.
She further argued that there was no need to give Chiwenga special treatment as the concept of rule of law requires every person to be equal before the law.
“There is no need to accord the VP a special treatment coz the concept of rule of law all persons are equal before the law.
“State only wants to elevate VP above all other persons,” added Mtetwa.
Meanwhile, Chiwenga appeared before Lazini Ncube testifying against his estranged wife.
Chiwenga arrived at the Harare Magistrates Court and was whisked into the court premises using a private entrance.
Speaking after the court session, Mtetwa lashed at the state for giving Chiwenga preferential treatment in what she classified as ‘class justice’.