Tempers flared in court in a matter in which Simba Chikore is facing charges of unlwaful detention of a former employee as the State witness became hostile evidently agitating the State and the court.
The key witness in the matter, Phillipa Phillips threw her ‘former friend’, Bertha Zakeyo who is the former legal head at the AirZim under the bus after failing to corroborate her evidence as she was key in the matter.
“I know the accused Chikore as my former principal and the complainant is or was my friend as she would like to say it,” said the firm Philips who later failed to give any more evidence useful to the State.
The State through Mirirai Shumba then moved to impeach the witness as she was not adopting her initial statement.
Asked on whether she had been to CID law and order with Zakeyo in June last year, Philips responded saying, “I am always at the law and order including last week and at this given moment I do not remember this incident seeing that it happened last year.”
She failed to adopt her statement saying she was not the one who had typed it hence she could not be sure if it was hers and that the signature at the end of the document ‘looked like hers’.
Philips who is a senior lawyer was having difficulties adhering to the principals guiding a witness as she repeatedly jumped in to interject the State and Defense prompting Harare Magistrate Victoria Mashamba to bring her to book.
Mashamba ruled that Philips was a hostile witness.
The former president’s son-in-law Simba Chikore together with one Simbarashe Mutimbe allegedly detained the former Zim Airways legal head Bertha Tsitsi Zakeyo.