chikurubi maximum.jpgThe trial of Albert Mugove Matapo and five others who are facing charges of conspiracy to escape from lawful custody has taken a new twist after the State and the defence clashed over an application to postpone the matter which was sought by the State.


The State represented by Mr. Edmore Nyazamba had applied for postponement of the matter saying the State needed its key witness Owen Tafadzwa Mutenga who was arrested in South Africa to be extradited.

Mr. Nyazamba had indicated that the witness was on the run as he is being investigated by CID Homicide for other offences.

However, this did not go down well with the defence which was represented by Mr. Charles Hwarara who opposed the postponement saying the alleged key witness will not help the State as he is being forced to testify.

Harare Regional Magistrate, Mr. Archie Wochiunga is on Friday expected to make a ruling on the application.

It is the State case that Matapo together with Oncemore Mudzurahona, Patson Mupfure, Shingirayi Mutemachani, Nyasha Zivuku and Emmanuel Marara hatched a plan to escape from Chikurubi Maximum Prison. 

The matter was discovered after one of the gang members whose application for bail pending appeal had been successful, reported the matter to some prison officers.

Letters of communication about their plot were found and are being used as exhibits.

Matapo and his co-accused are in custody on charges of treason.