Mupfumira pleads mental depression, asks for trial date to be moved forward

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DISMISSED Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira on Monday requested postponement of her trial at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts to next year, saying she is currently feeling unwell.

The defense council told court they needed more time before Mupfumira could stand trial due to the mental depression they say she has suffered since release from custody on charges of abuse of power and fraud of millions of dollars while in control of the National Social Security Authority.

Mupfumira is said to be seeing psychiatrist Walter Mangezi in respect of a mental condition.

Mangezi has reportedly deemed Mupfumira unfit to stand trial for a period ranging from six weeks to three months.

Mupfumira also asked for more time, saying she was still recovering from the surgery she recently underwent, which was confirmed at her last remand hearing in October.

Mupfumira is jointly charged with former Permanent Secretary for Public Service, Ngoni Masoka.

Masoka’s lawyer also asked for a postponement of the case, saying the accused had received the State’s papers on December 6, which he said did not allow them enough time to prepare for the trial.

The case was postponed to December 13 so that the court may hear the psychiatrist’s views on Mupfumira’s prayer for trial date rescheduling.

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