BOTSWANA prosecutors on Tuesday filed an application at the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Courts seeking the extradition of a Zimbabwean man to that country to face a murder charge.
He allegedly committed murder sometime in October 2007.
The suspect, Mlungisi Moyo of Plumtree represented by Dumisani Dube, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Crispen Mberewere on Tuesday when the extradition application was heard.
Five Botswana prosecutors, led by the director of Public Prosecution, Leatile Isabella Dambe, attended the hearing.
Moyo, who is in custody, was not asked to plead and the magistrate remanded the case to July 8 for ruling in the extradition application.
In submissions the Botswana authorities, through the Zimbabwean prosecutors, stated that the application was being made in accordance with Section 17 (1) of the Extradition Act Chapter 9.08 for Moyo to face trial for the murder of his wife Sinikiwe Ncube, then 26, in Botswana.
“The accused faces a murder charge, the allegations being that on October 30 2007 he murdered Sinikiwe Ncube at Chaokeng Lands Mogobane in Botswana,” the application reads.
“The accused and the deceased are Zimbabweans and were husband and wife who were customarily married.
“The deceased was employed at Chaokeng Farm as a farm hand.
“She was relieving her sister at the farm as the sister had travelled to Zimbabwe to visit a sick relative.”
The application indicates that on October 30 2007 the deceased left the farm in the company of Evans Nsingo.
“On their way, the two met accused, who was in the company of a Zimbabwean, Tapson Dube,” the application reads.
“There was an altercation between the two meeting parties with accused demanding to know where the deceased was going in the company of Nsingo.”
Moyo is alleged to have suspected that his wife was having an affair with Nsingo.
Nsingo fled from the scene, leaving Moyo and Dube manhandling Ncube.
She was found dead at the scene of the altercation, with a stab wound on her chest.
Moyo was arrested by Bulawayo CID homicide and taken to court and was initially remanded to February 19.
He said the police had no motive in facilitating his extradition.
But Moyo’s lawyer Dube opposed the extradition, saying it will be a violation of his rights to be tried where it is convenient to him in terms of residence, defence and relatives who would want to support him during the trial.
He said he will be filing opposition application at the next court sitting.
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