The High Court is expected to hear 44 murder cases during the first three months of 2019. The 2019 legal year begins on Monday next week.
Only one case of fraud, involving Chitungwiza land baron, Frederick Mabamba, is on the case list released ahead of the opening of the legal year. Mabamba’s fraud trial has been slotted for Monday next week and it is expected to run for five days. Chief Justice Luke Malaba will officiate at the main legal year opening ceremony at Mashonganyika Building in Harare, while other ceremonies will run at the same time in Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mutare.
The first murder trial the High Court will hear is that of 52-year-old Chakanetsa Nyakabau, who is being accused of murdering an intruder he caught raping his 15-year-old daughter. The trial has been set for January 21. Nyakabau of Karidza Village under Chief Chimoyo, is accused of murdering Tawanda Nyamukacha of Kanyenze Village after catching him raping his daughter.