Former Foreign Affairs minister, Walter Mzembi’s health is in a sorrowful state after being diagnosed of colon cancer in June this year, his lawyer Job Sikhala told the Harare Magistrates court today.
Mzembi’s trial on charges of theft of trust property worth $1,8 million and criminal abuse of office has been moved to December 4, after the court was advised that he was too sick to attend court.
Sikhala pleaded with the court that the trial be moved forward and issue the accused person with an administrative warrant of arrest while waiting for the state to furnish them with papers.
“Cancer is a deadly diseases and currently the accused is on chemotherapy in South Africa. This is on record and we have gave the state some of the medical documents
Last week, Mzembi was issued with another administrative warrant of arrest in another case where he is accused of criminal abuse of office.
Mzembi was arrested following Emerson Mnangagwa’s anti corruption drive and this has led to the arrest of some former ministers on corruption charges among them Ignatius Chombo, Samuel Undenge and Walter Chidhakwa, who are all linked to the G40 faction, which had coalesced around former first lady Grace Mugabe.
Mzembi is appearing before magistrate Hosea Mujaya and Zivanai Macharaga from president Emerson Mnangagwa’s special prosecuting unit is prosecuting.