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The case of four MDC-T officials accused of compiling illegal dockets against Government officials took a new twist yesterday when the prosecution told the court that the accused had unwittingly pleaded guilty. Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma (all former public prosecutors) and Warship Dumba (a former Harare councillor), are facing charges of impersonating the police, possessing articles for criminal use and breaching the Official Secrets Act.

Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza told the court that the quartet entered a partial plea of guilty when they said they were expecting President Mugabe or security agents to summon them to submit their findings because a person they compiled a “docket” on was also under State investigation.

“The question remains, under what authority were the accused investigating that person,” he said.

“The charge the accused are facing is not unearthing corruption, but impersonating the police.”

Responding to Mr Reza’s submissions, Mpofu thanked him for mentioning that he was a lawyer of repute, saying it was important to his submissions.

“He saw it fit to aise the court that I am a person of good public standing and the court cannot ignore such important submission, we are trustworthy,” he said.

“The State cannot retain our passports as the last line of defence. The administration of justice will not be affected by the release of the passports considering we were unmonitored for almost a year.

“On State’s allegations that we partially pleaded guilty, the prosecutor might have forgotten that the alleged documents recovered from us implicating (Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo) were not only stamped by the police, but also by the Attorney-General.”

The matter was postponed to April 4.

The State said that last year, detectives received information that the quartet was in possession of “dockets” they were privately compiling to discredit the judicial system.

They claimed that the police and the AG had failed or refused to investigate corruption involving prominent Government officials.

It is alleged the four had documents on Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri’s background and another titled “Case for a full investigation into the Ministry of Lands — System of issuing offer letters 1 September, 2009”.

A team of detectives went to Mpofu’s residence and found some of the documents, including a laptop and a pistol.

The State alleged that the suspects indicated that they were legal aisors to the then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and researching on alleged corruption and criminal abuse of office and Comm-Gen Chihuri’s appointment.

Investigations revealed that the four were being bankrolled by the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe, the court heard.

Source : The Herald