Ziyambi accuses Joana Mamombe of faking mental illness

By Mary Taruvinga

JUSTICE Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has accused Nelson Chamisa-aligned legislator Joana Mamombe of employing delaying tactics and delaying the finalization of her several criminal cases by faking mental illness.

Ziyambi said this while delivering a statement during the country’s third cycle universal periodic review before the president of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He said Mamombe and his friends, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, formerly known as the MDC Alliance trio, were liars.

He said he was praying for a speedy finalization of their cases so that the government can be cleared of the alleged human rights violations.

Mamombe and his friends have been going back and forth to court for several criminal allegations that are still pending.

Ziyambi said their alleged enforced disappearance does not fall into this category but could pass as an alleged kidnapping.

“This matter has been thoroughly investigated by the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The resulting police report revealed that their allegations were false and that they had organized the kidnappings in order to tarnish the image of the government,” Ziyambi said.

“As a result, they were charged and brought before the courts. Since the beginning of the legal proceedings, the three women have used delaying tactics to escape the trial, including faking mental illness. One of them has since fled to Europe and a warrant for her arrest has since been issued. The other two have been released on bail and are currently out of custody,” he said.

“If this case is proven, it could perhaps help reduce the number of false allegations of abduction and disappearance brought against the government that normally coincide with significant international events,” he added.

Mamombe and his friends are accused of faking a kidnapping to smear the government’s reputation, publishing lies and also breaking Covid-19 regulations, among other allegations.

Marova has since received a warrant for her arrest after she failed to show up for trial.

Ziyambi blamed Covid-19 for the late finalization of some criminal cases, adding that the government was doing its best.

“Where there may have been delays in bringing certain cases to court, this has been occasioned by the courts not being able to sit during successive periods of Covid-19 confinement. To remedy To this challenge and guarantee the right of detainees to a speedy trial, we are implementing virtual judicial proceedings in all our courts,” he said.

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