Unfit Mamombe summoned to trial for ‘unnecessary movement’

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By Robert Tapfumaneyi

POLICE have summoned MDC Harare West legislator Joana Mamombe to stand trial for allegedly violating a government ban on unnecessary movement during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations April this year.

The embattled lawmaker was Wednesday served with summons advising her to appear at Harare Magistrates Court at 8 am the on 24 November 2020.

She is set to answer to charges of contravening the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) for “unnecessary movement during national lockdown”.

Authorities claim that the MP “unlawfully and without sufficient cause made unnecessary movement” during the national lockdown by leading an entourage of more than 10 people and proceeded to Mukushi Compound in Tynwald North and Chichera Farm in Marlborough suburb.

Already, Mamombe, together with MDC-Alliance party youth leaders Cecelia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova are currently before the courts answering to a slew of charges including participating in an anti-government protest against hunger during the national lockdown.

The trio is also being charged for allegedly faking its abduction by suspected state security agents in May this year.

Prosecutors claim Mamombe, Marova and Chimbiri, who are victims of torture and abduction, stage managed their abduction and falsely claimed to their lawyers, relatives and friends that they had been abducted on 13 May 2020.

Mamombe is being called to appear in court a week after she was deemed not fit to stand trial after results from three doctors revealed she was suffering mental disorder.

She is already receiving treatment with the court ordering she goes for medical review every fortnight.

Deputy chief magistrate Bianca Makwande accepted the medical results from tests run by three doctors.