Former Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi has landed himself in hot soup. He is now on a red alert and a wanted person for failing to show up to court.
Mzembi has a warrant of arrest issued against him. The State has sought assistance through the International police (Interpol) to have him extradited from South Africa.
Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya was on Wednesday told that the authorities seek help from their South African counterparts
The police wants to ask the South Africa police to look for him and If they find him, they are to apprehend and hand him over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, prosecutor Brian Vito said.
“The means we wanted to extradite him seemed fruitless and we sought for a two month remand as ZACC has made a request to interpol for accused person to be put on red alert and South African police officers will be on alert,” said Vito.
“We had not taken this stance as we had believed that he would return as said by the defence counsel which said he was mainly receiving treatment and it does not seem like that is the case.”
Vito then tendered a letter which he said State had written to Interpol.
Farai Mushoriwa who is representing Aaron Mushoriwa however rubbished the State’s submissions saying the tendered document is of no effect as it does not constitute the requirements of the extradition Act.
The other two accused persons are applying for either refusal or further remand or for separation of trial so their matter can be disposed and free them from their bail conditions.
They accused the State for holding them at ransom with nothing really materializing from their search of Mzembi.
Mujaya however said what the State was doing was unfair for the co-accused persons, Mushoriwa and Margaret Sangarwe as they have been on remand for over 15 months. Trial was set down for July 30 and the court said on the date a trial will commence even if Mzembi was not there.
The matter was remanded to May 29 for the routine remand.
The three are facing charges of criminal abuse of office and fraud