EX-chamber secretary insults magistrate
9 January 2019
Former Chitungwiza Town Council Chamber Secretary who is appearing in court for bribery yesterday insulted a Harare regional magistrate accusing him of acting unlawfully during court proceedings.
Priscillar Vengesai appeared before Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya yesterday accusing him of acting in contempt of court as the High Court ordered temporary stay of proceedings pending finalisation of an application for review.
State prosecutor Tinashe Makiya is prosecuting the matter but was away hence the matter was being handled by another prosecutor who sought for a further postponement.
Vengesai who is now representing herself after being dumped by several top lawyers including Admire Rubaya and Rumbidzai Venge opposed the application saying the court was acting illegally by hearing the matter.
“A High Court order was issued by the High Court which ordered all criminal proceedings against State versus Vengesai to be stayed pending finalisation of an application of review.
“The respondents were the court, Hosea Mujaya and the State who are going against it by hearing this matter, I therefore state that this court is operating under gross procedural irregularities as it keeps postponing the matter.
“This court cannot postpone what the High Court has already postponed, I am reliably informed that even court officials are supposed to obey High Court orders even when they don’t agree with them.
“The prosecution is aware of its contemptuous conduct, so is this court,” said Vengesai.
The matter was however remanded to February 6 in the hope the High Court will have finalised its ruling.
Vengesai is answering to charges of bribery in which it is alleged that she approached High Court judge Justice Felistas Chatukuta with a ‘token of appreciation’ after she delivered a ruling favorable to her friends.
Justice Chatukuta refused to accept the money Vengesai brought to her and recorded the conversation.
In the second count, Vengesai allegedly bribed prosecutor Micheal Reza who was prosecuting the matter in which she had bribed the judge.