The state on Tuesday made an application to have Joana Mamombe, opposition MDC Alliance legislator, admitted to a government psychiatric hospital.
Mamombe’s lawyers had argued that their client was not fit for trial as she is experiencing some mental disorders. Dr Fungisai Mazhandu testified before the court supporting the claim.
Representing the state, Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza told Harare regional magistrate Mrs Bianca Makwande that in terms of Section 26 of the Mental Health Act, Mamombe has to be assessed by two Government doctors . He added:
The accused has been brought to court several times with excuses of mental disorder hence the need to detain her in a facility for mental assessment.
Mamombe needs treatment and the court needs assistance from Government experts to determine a time frame when she will be fit for trial.
Reza also said that Dr Mazhandu brought no proof to support that Mamombe had mental disorders hence the need for government experts to determine when Mamombe can be fit for trial.
The Harare West legislator is jointly charged with Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova for allegedly staging their abduction in May this year.
The state has however not yet managed to explain how the trio managed to escape from police custody on the night in question if they actually faked their kidnapping.
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