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“IT seems that you have confusion,” an unimpressed Harare magistrate told Viva Zimbabwe leader Acie Lumumba Tuesday after the former Zanu PF activist brought a third, different, lawyer for his trial.

Lumumba, real name William Gerald Mutumanje, is charged with insulting President Robert Mugabe and was initially represented by Harare lawyer Ashiel Mugiya.

He then brought along Advocate Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC-T to represent him in his last court appearance. Chamisa then sought postponement of the case saying he needed time to go through Lumumba’s court record.

But on Tuesday the MDC-T vice president was nowhere to be seen as Lumumba turned up with a new lawyer, Advocate Zvikomborero Chadambuka.

Magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe was not amused as he postponed the case, telling Lumumba to get organised.

“Go and sort your issues with your lawyer and bring the one who will represent you in your case,” said the magistrate.

He added, “We cannot proceed this way and with the number of lawyers in the country we don’t know how many you are going to bring in this case.

“Go and put your house in order. I’m even surprised that the Advocate has not been instructed, which should be the case.”

The case was deferred to August 11.

Lumumba has applied for referral of the case to the Constitutional Court and a ruling is pending.

When he made the application, he further attacked President Mugabe and challenged him to come to the witness stand if he felt offended by his remarks.

The activist is accused of undermining the President’s authority after he allegedly insulted Mugabe using the ‘F’ word while launching his political party last month.


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