MOVEMENT for Democratic Change MP for Nkayi, Abednico Bhebhe, was yesterday involved in a slanging match in court with a Bulawayo magistrate after it was announced a docket on war veterans accus
ed of attempting to murder him in 2001 had gone missing.
The docket could not be located when the case came for a hearing yesterday afternoon.
There was drama in court when Bhebhe rose from the public gallery and exchanged harsh words with provincial magistrate Cephas Sibanda after the public prosecutor announced that the docket on the assault case was missing.
Bhebhe, who had come to court as the complainant, was furious after the public prosecutor, Andrew Marimo, announced that the docket for the case could not be found in Bulawayo.
Sibanda at that juncture announced that the case would proceed by way of summons so as to allow the police time to look for the docket in Nkayi.
A livid Bhebhe rose from the benches in the public gallery and reprimanded the magistrate whom he accused of trying to cover up the case.
The two exchanged harsh words with Bhebhe accusing Sibanda of defending a corrupt government.
The two accused persons in the case, Melusi Ncube and a war veteran only named as Mhoti, were not present in court. Ncube and Mhoti were arrested after they allegedly assaulted and left Bhebhe for dead on May 26 2001.
The heated verbal exchange that lasted for several minutes was stopped after the intervention of other court officials and when the magistrate said he would recuse himself from the matter.
Speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent after the incident Bhebhe said it was unacceptable for the courts to take sides on a matter that has failed to go for trial for four years.
“As they are saying, the docket is missing,” said Bhebhe. “Before that the police had told the court that my statements were missing from the docket and later it was announced that medical reports that were collected by police from me in hospital could not be located. This points to sloppiness on either the part of the courts or the police,” Bhebhe said.
Bhebhe said the magistrate was trying to defend a corrupt government by making it appear that the accused war veterans had no case to answer.
“Until this case is finalised I am not going to rest and even if the police and the courts make documents disappear this case has to be finalised,” said Bhebhe.