Chikore trial: Defense demands inspection in loco

A Harare court has ruled that there will be an inspection in loco at the Robert Mugabe Airport offices to try and corroborate the conflicting evidence led by State witnesses and the Former Presidents son-in-law, Simba Chikore.

This comes after the State witness in Simba Chikore’s matter, a former Human Resources manager with the airline gave contradicting evidence as to the setup of the offices with the deatils given by the complainant, Bertha Zakeyo.

Chikore’s lawyer Jonathan Samukange applied for an inspection in loco in an attempt to prove to the court that the State witnesses are doctoring evidence in an attempt to nail the former airline boss.

Harare Magistrate Victoria Mashamba granted the application and the inspection will be conducted on February 19.  After an intense cross-examination of the State witness by Samukange, it became evident that he was fabricating stories against Chikore out of bitterness for his improptu termination of contract with the airline as he told the court that he was angry for being fired from his position.

Chikore is facing charges of unlawful detention. He allegedly had Zimbabwe Airways legal head Bertha Zakeyo detained for two hours at the airline’s offices in June last year. Chikore is jointly charged with Safeguard security guard Simbarashe Mutimbe. The two are out on $30 bail.