Legal Profession Continues to be Under Seige: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police arrested a Harare Lawyer Tapiwa Makanza. Makanza is the instructing lawyer in Constitutional cases that led to arrest, detention and charging of Advocate Thabani Mpofu with defeating or obstructing course of Justice. He is charged with contravening sec 184 of the Criminal Code, allegations are that he created a fictitious character- Simbarashe Zuze. The Constitutional cases linked allegations challenged appointment of Kumbirai Hodzi as Prosecutor General as he did not score high marks during interview.

A Bulawayo based Lawyer Dumisani Dube was also arrested as he was attending to a client who was arrested. On arrival at the police station Dube was told he was an accomplice. He is facing charges of contravening section 184 of Criminal Code -Defeating of obstructing the course of justice. He is alleged to have obtained a default judgement in High Court in a case involving a deceased person.

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