An unwell Marry Mubaiwa Chiwenga was being forced to attend trial today according to lawyer Douglas Coltart. Colart shared the news using microblogging site Twitter and said:
I have been advised that prosecutors Muchemwa and Mushayabasa are trying to force Marry Mubaiwa Chiwenga to stand trial today at Rotten Row Magistrate’s Court despite her being unwell.
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Download from Google Play StoreAdditionally, her matter has been transferred from Provincial to Regional Magistrate’s Court without any explanation. In this matter, Marry is charged with common assault – an offence which is normally tried in the Provincial Magistrate’s Court. The courts have refused to allow Marry to travel to South Africa to have her medical condition treated.
UPDATE: Magistrate Gofa has granted an application for postponement of the trial on the basis that the right to a fair trial necessarily entails that an accused must be sufficiently well and lucid to follow the proceedings.