By Court and Crime Reporter
Former Cabinet minister Prisca Mupfumira was on Friday issues an arrest warrant by Harare magisrate, Esthere Chivasa
Mupfumira is currently in South Africa on Parliament business.
She is attending the Pan African Parliament along with several other Parliamentarians, including Chief Charumbira who is vying for the post of President of the Pan African Parliament.
The ex-minister was issued an arrest warrant despite being granted cabinet authority to travel by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa through the chief secretary in his office and cabinet Misheck Sibanda.
Beside the cabinet approval, there is also a letter of consent from the Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi and Chief prosecutor Michael Reza.
These documents were filed in a court application for temporary release of her passport. After a court hearing on the matter, she was subsequently granted approval and received her Diplomatic passport, enabling her to travel
Subsequently, she was given her Diplomatic passport by the state to travel between 16 May – 2 June 2021.
Her trial was due to continue on 22 June to allow her to quarantine soon after her return.
In a startling sequence of events,the state then turned around and pleaded ignorance to the consent given by senior members of the NPA.
“We will consider the court’s ruling, advise our client so that she can exercise her options in terms of the law.” said her lawyer Admire Rubaya.
Mupfumira is facing criminal abuse of office charges and is jointly charged with Ngoni Masoka, former secretary in the Public Service ministry.
She denies the allegations.
The lawyers also complained of continued victimisation of Mupfumira by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission since her prosecution in 2019.