HARARE magistrate Mrs Bianca Makwande has ordered that MDC-Alliance member Joana Mamombe be examined by two neutral doctors while in the care of Harare Remand Prison authorities.
Mrs Makwande also stayed the trial proceedings in which Mamombe is facing allegations of faking her abduction, along with Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova.
The court made the decision after the State applied that she be mentally examined under the Mental Health Act after her lawyers said she was not able to comprehend proceedings because of anxiety disorders.
In the interim, Prosecutor Michael Reza has applied that the matter be deferred to October 8, 2020.
Exiled former Zimbabwe minister described MP Mamombe’s detention as crime against humanity.
“Prison is not a mental hospital. For Magistrate Bianca Makwande to jail @JoanaMamombe at Harare Remand Prison; for her mental fitness to be examined by two supposedly neutral doctors, supervised by the jail’s superintendent, is court sanctioned torture: a crime against humanity,” said Prof.Moyo.
Bulawayo 24 & Zimbabwe Observer