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Mliswa ConCourt Referral Application Ruling Postponed

Temba Mliswa
Temba Mliswa

By Court Reporter

Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti Wednesday postponed ruling on an application made by independent Norton legislator Temba Mliswa for his matter to be referred to Constitutional Court.

Magistrate Miti said the court was overwhelmed, and could not hand down the ruling.

The ruling was set for next Tuesday.

Mliswa is accused of breaching Covid-19 regulations after he allegedly held a press conference at his Borrowdale residence early this year.

Mliswa’s lawyer, Msindo Hungwe, while cross examining an officer in the matter, demanded justification on why the police only arrested his client leaving 25 journalists who attended the press conference.

He questioned the officer if Mliswa and the journalists were essential services workers highlighting the number of journalists in attendance did not exceed 30 as prescribed by Covid-19 regulations.

“Will I be wrong to say information dissemination is one of the key functions of MPs,” asked Hungwe.

In turn, the officer insisted Mliswa gathered many people and broke the law.

Robert Tapfumaneyi