Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, has accused Joana Mamombe, Harare West legislator, of faking a mental illness to delay the finalisation of her several criminal cases.
Ziyambi made the remarks while presenting a statement during the country’s third cycle universal periodic review before the president of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
He said Mamombe and her friends, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, formerly famously known as the MDC Alliance trio, were liars.
Ziyambi said their alleged forced disappearance does not fall under that category but could pass for an alleged abduction. He said:
This case was extensively investigated by the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The resultant police report revealed that their allegations were false and that they had staged the abductions in a bid to tarnish the image of the Government.
Consequently, they were charged and arraigned before the courts. Since the commencement of the court proceedings the three women have employed dilatory tactics to evade trial including faking mental health illness. One of them has since absconded to Europe and a warrant of arrest has since been issued against her. The remaining two have been granted bail and are currently out of custody.
If this matter is proved, it could perhaps assist to lessen the number of false abduction and disappearance claims levelled against the government which normally coincide with important international events.
Mamombe and her friends are accused of faking an abduction to soil the government’s reputation, publishing falsehoods and also breaching COVID-19 regulations among other allegations.