Grace Mugabe PhD: Nyagura to stand trial

Grace Mugabe PhD: Nyagura to stand trial
Published: 10 September 2018 (220 Views)
Suspended University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice-Chancellor Levi Nyagura, accused of illegally awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe a PhD, will stand trial on September 17 following the dismissal of his application for referral of the case to the Constitutional Court.

Nyagura last week had his application dismissed for lack of merit when he appeared before magistrate Mr Lazini Ncube. Nyagura yesterday notified the court that he would approach the Concourt directly today in terms of Section 85(1) of the Constitution seeking permission to bring his constitutional challenge to the highest court in the land.

Prosecutor Mr Tapiwa Godzi opposed the application, saying Nyagura was merely frustrating the start of his trial.

"I do not believe that the Concourt will make a finding that there was a violation of accused's right to a fair trial," he said.

"Ordinarily, following the ruling yesterday, what is supposed to follow is the commencement of trial. These are delaying tactics and I submit that the matter proceeds to trial."

Nyagura's lawyer, Advocate Lewis Uriri, said it was for the Concourt to decide on whether or not his client's rights were violated. In his ruling, Mr Ncube said since the defence had not yet filed their application, the matter should proceed to trial.

"The accused only indicated intentions to approach the Concourt," he said.

"This matter should proceed to trial until he files his application. There is nothing that can stop this trial from proceeding."

In his application for referral of the matter to the Concourt, Nyagura cited infringement of constitutional rights to a fair trial. Adv Uriri argued that Messrs Tapiwa Godzi and Michael Chakandida from the President's Special Anti-Corruption Unit, who are representing the State, have no authority to prosecute.

- the herald

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 1004 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1942 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1473 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1494 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1437 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1235 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1016 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 982 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 837 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1347 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 809 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 895 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 901 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 748 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 830 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 858 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 844 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 809 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 593 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 560 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 827 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1216 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 874 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 796 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 787 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 854 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 745 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 688 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 735 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 735 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 699 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 823 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 700 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 652 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 796 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1238 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 759 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 680 Views