Harare, June 10, 2014 – Engineers from the country’s leading mobile telecoms provider, Econet Wireless and officials from the Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa-led United Family International Church (UFIC) are set to testify in the ongoing trial of seven Glenview residents accused of murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza.
Beatrice Mtetwa, one of the four lawyers representing the seven Glenview residents told High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu Tuesday that the defence lawyers would subpoena engineers from Econet to corroborate the evidence of Last Maengahama, who on Tuesday tendered a call record showing his outgoing call history between 10:30 am and 15:16 pm on 29 May 2011 from Harare’s Belvedere suburb, where UFIC conducts its church services during the time that State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba claims he participated in the murder of Inspector Mutedza.
“When attending church service, we rarely make calls unless if they are emergency calls,” said Maengahama.
The court also viewed a DVD which showed Maengahama among congregants including Prophet Makandiwa and his wife Ruth who attended a church service on the day that the state alleges he participated in an MDC-T red T-shirt visibility campaign held at Glenview 3 Shopping Centre on 29 May 2011 which degenerated into the assault of Inspector Mutedza.
Maengahama who on the DVD was dressed in a blue shirt and khaki trousers is shown among other congregants placing his offering in one of the bins that other church members were depositing their contributions into.
Mtetwa said the defence team would also subpoena the UFIC videographer who is responsible for recording and production of DVD’s to testify on the authenticity of the short video shown in court.
This was after Nyazamba objected to the tendering of the “edited” DVD as exhibit to be considered in bolstering Maengahama’s defence case.
Asked whether he participated in any of the MDC-T activities that the state claims were conducted on 29 May 2011, Maengahama said; “No, I spent most of my time at church praising God on that particular day.”
There were lighter moments when the Judge, lawyers, journalists, the accused persons and members of the public, who were following proceedings in the gallery, were left in stitches after Mtetwa queried the identity of the wife of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai after Maengahama had just made a general response by stating that the police had seized his MDC-T shirt inscribed with a picture of Tsvangirai’s wife to which Mtetwa queried “which wife” and the MDC member responded by stating that he was referring to the late “Susan” Tsvangirai.
The former Prime Minister has been reported to have had entered into relationships with a number of women after he lost his wife Susan in a car accident in 2009. He is currently married to Elizabeth Macheka.
Maengahama together with 28 other Glenview residents who include some MDC members were arrested in May 2011 and charged with murdering Inspector Mutedza. Several of the Glenview residents were acquitted late last year while seven including Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere, a Harare municipality councilor and Yvone Musarurwa remain on trial.