Former minister Prisca Mupfumira says she is mentally ill and cannot stand trial until next year.

Her lawyer Charles Chinyama told the magistrate that she was mentally ill and had been instructed by a psychiatrist to take any trial or court proceedings after a maximum of three months.

“On the last postponement I indicated that Mupfumira requires adequate time to recover from the surgery she went through after she was granted bail and there is a letter from Dr. B Masunda showing that she is not yet fit to stand trial, immediately after release from custody she started suffering from mental depressions.

“Mangezi W, a renowned psychiatrist has recommended that that any trial or proceedings be postponed for a period between six weeks to three months so on normal calculations trial can only start in April next year; she is not mentally fit to stand trial or to give full instructions.
He magistrate demanded Mupfumira’s health reports have to be verified by doctors who should be summoned or in fact be examined by an independent government psychiatrist who can then verify that indeed she is medically ill and cannot stand trial.

The matter was remanded to December 13 and on that date, the court shall hear evidence from her doctors to verify the medical reports.