Mugabe’s Son-In-Law’s Trial Deferred To Next Year

The trial of former President Robert Mugabe‘s son-in-law failed to start last Friday after he said he was served with state papers late.

Simba Chikore is facing unlawful detention charges together with a former Air Zimbabwe security guard, Simbarashe Mutimbe. The duo’s trial was pushed to January 24 next year with consent from both accused. Chikore once sought to be removed from remand saying the case should continue by way of summons.

The State alleges Chikore “hatched a plan and connived” with Mutimbe to unlawfully detain and deprive Bertha Tsitsi Zakeyo of her freedom movement. The duo reportedly refused to allow Zakeyo to exit her work place at Zimbabwe Airways Private Limited premises for four hours against her will. The allegations arose on June 7 this year when Chikore sacked Zakeyo for allegedly leaking company secrets. Zakeyo was the company’s legal officer. It is alleged that Chikore then tried to force Zakeyo to sign a letter accepting her dismissal, but she refused to do so, demanding the presence of her lawyer.  Mutimbe then prevented Zakeyo from leaving the company.

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