Mzembi Challenges Arrest – Takes a ‘Break’ From Politics

Former foreign affairs minister Walter Mzembi told a Harare court Monday that he intends to contest his arrest and placement on remand, saying the State has no case against him..

Mzembi, who recently indicated that he was taking a break from politics, was hauled before the courts for allegedly donating State property to churches.

Prosecutors say he donated State television sets to Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministry, Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church (UFIC) and also to the Zion Christian Church (ZCC).

However, through his lawyer Job Sikhala, the ex-minister insists that the State has no a case against him.

Sikhala said at that particular time, his client was promoting a new concept of religious tourism and gave the equipment away as part of that government programme.

He is expected back in court on February 27 pending his trial.

Mzembi allegedly committed the offence in 2010 when he was Tourism and Hospitality minister.

He was later handed the foreign affairs portfolio, running it briefly before last November’s change of government.

The former ruling Zanu PF party politician was one of a number of ministers arrested on corruption charges after President Robert Mugabe was toppled by a military revolt.

Mzembi was a loyalist of the fallen leader who once described him as his best minister.

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