Zimbabweans on Twitter are divided as lawyers from the opposition such as Tendai Biti, Lovemore Madhuku, Welshman Ncube and Job Sikhala represent Zanu-PF clients such as Phelekezela Mphoko and Ignatius Chombo, Kudzanai Chipanga.
Madhuku is representing Chipanga and Chombo while he is the leader of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). Chombo is facing a number of charges from fraud, criminal abuse of office and corruption. Welshman Ncube is representing Mphoko in a matter where the former Vice President is seeking an exit package from Government.
Sikhala is representing former Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi who is facing allegations of corruption and criminal abuse of office based on events which occurred when he was still the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry. When he was admitted to the bar as a lawyer, Sikhala vowed to use his newly-acquired legal skills to fight the Zanu PF government’s poor human rights record. He is quoted by NewsDay as having said:
I have a commitment to fight for justice and human rights. I believe lack of legal services and access to the majority of Zimbabweans has been the major factor with thousands of our people suffering gross human rights abuses. I want to leave a mark in defending human rights
Below are some of the comments on micro-blogging website, Twitter and tell us what you think:
It’s tempting, there is a lot of money and some of these emerging ones like Sikhala may think it raises their profile. The more he gets these sort of thieves the more chances he has of leaving St. Mary’s for northern area. They don’t struggle to pay. So it’s a tough one.
— Roddie Hungwe (@SekuruRoddie) January 8, 2018
its called Witcraft, you condemn something during the day and defend it passionately at night.
— Cosmas Rupiya (@rupco1st) January 8, 2018
Purely professional stuff I would say
— Blessing (@BlessMurev) January 8, 2018
It's called dinning with the devil🍝🍝🥗🥗
— TK (@tk2001878) January 8, 2018
Innocent til proven guilty. Every1 has a constitutional right to legal representation.wat if it's faction fights at play
— Man-isa-Believer (@onwardshiriche1) January 8, 2018
Infact he must decline representing that person,because doing so will be like is an accomplice in the matter.
— Simbarashe Chimsimbe (@schimusimbe) January 8, 2018
My conclusion is their fight against corruption has a price. They have been bought and can no longer have the moral high ground.
— Chinovava Kasuku🇿🇼 (@ChinovavaKasuku) January 8, 2018
Our politicians are after money chete,
— Sekuru Gudo vekuDotito (@sekuru_gudo) January 8, 2018
Well done to the opposition lawyers representing ZANU PF people. The upholding of rights and the constitution comes before any political party. While at it, please get insider information from the obviously bitter ZANU PF people. It could be helpful
— Nqaba Matshazi (@nqabamatshazi) January 8, 2018
Do you realize that these are the same guys who were unleashing violence on innocent MDC supporters. So many people lost there loved ones at the hands of Chombo.
— Bryan Nana (@Shumblex) January 8, 2018
Please. This is not principle but about getting the ill gotten dollars of ZanuPF ministers into their pocket. And a betrayal of their MDC electorate.
— Esquire Conant Masocha (@Esquierre) January 8, 2018