Taibu Court Case Continues Monday

A HARARE court will next Monday probe the credibility of the witness in the assault charges levelled against former Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu.

The hearing, in which the national side wicketkeeper is being charged with assault following an altercation with Zimbabwe Cricket finance general manager Esther Lupepe last October over payments owed to him, was reconvened to next Monday.

The witness, Mercy Mandevhana, a manager at Tour Africa travel agency where the incident took place, will present details of profits made through her dealings with ZC since 2007 after the court granted a request by Taibu’s lawyer Jonathan Samkange.

Samkange said the details would prove that Mandevhana was an interested party as she is testifying to protect her clients and business interests.

Samkange had earlier said Mandevhana was part of a conspiracy by ZC to punish Taibu for daring to question the management of the board.

Lupepe said she has no conspiracy against Taibu and is pressing the charges in her personal capacity and not representing ZC.

Mandevhana had earlier testified to witnessing Taibu and Lupepe scuffling in an upstairs office of the travel agency she had offered the two to hold their discussions. “After a while, I heard shouting and screaming from the office upstairs,” she told the court.

“She (Lupepe) was shouting and calling out my name. There was a tug of war. When I entered the room, she was being pulled. He was saying, ‘you are going with me’ and she was saying ‘no’.”

The court heard that Taibu wanted Lupepe to go with him to his bank to prove that his money had not been deposited into his account.

The prosecution claimed the fight was eventually broken up by a male employee of the agency. — Staff Writer.

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