Court clerk up for destroying docket


KWEKWE — A clerk based at the Gweru Magistrates’ Court is in trouble over allegations that he connived with an accused person to destroy a docket in a bid to frustrate justice.

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Simba Tawungwena (29), employed as a clerk of court, appeared on Monday before Kwekwe magistrate Letwin Rwodzi facing charges of obstruction of justice.

It is the State’s case that Tawungena connived with Luckson Mahachi to destroy court record CRB 1689/12 which contained evidence against Luckmore Shinyira who was facing charges of unlawful entry.

The State alleges that on dates unknown to the prosecutor, but extending from September 17 last year to January 10 when the plan was uncovered, Tawungwena had entered into an agreement to subvert justice.

Acting for the accused persons, lawyer Innocent Chigomere said his clients had not committed an offence, saying the docket never went missing and that the facts constructed in the State outline against Tawungwena and Mahachi did not constitute an offence.

The State led by Vimbai Chinoda, alleges that the offence came to light when Mahachi attempted to rope in another court official, Charles Zvobgo to ensure the plan was successful.

Zvobgo is alleged to have reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of Tawungwena and Mahachi.

The two are out of custody and the matter will be heard on September 5.