By Senior Court Reporter

Virginia Mabhiza’s card cloning court case reached a turning point last week. The Permanent Secretary for Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs visited Rotten Row Magistrate Court for a cross examination.

In the matter is, Douglas Ruzana an Airtime Vendor at Machipisa(first accused) and Wellemu Masauso(second accused), a salesman at Inscor Bakers Inn. They are both facing charges of conniving to clone a bank card account belonging to the Permanent Secretary.

The court heard that she lost an amount of ZW$ 294 560 from her FBC Bank account swiped at the point of sale machine at Bakers Inn and later at Windmill in Ruwa.

During the cross examination, Tamutswa Muzana  of Tapera Muzana and Partners, representing second accused Welemu Masauso exchanged words with Mabhiza at length.

This was before Regional Magistrate, Gloria Takundwa. 

Muzana argued that his client was being sacrificed over a crime he did not commit. The court refused at length to grant Wellemu’s bid  for bail.

During the court proceeding, Mabhiza became furious at the questions directed to her by  Muzana.

“Why are you asking me all these questions? Why are you seeking my opinion? Look here I have some other business to attend to”

“But why are you asking me obvious questions? All your questions have got nothing to do with me”

Tamutswa Muzana told Mabhiza to water down as the atmosphere in the court room was getting tense.

“Why are you so arrogant? Don’t be arrogant, remember you are a state witness in this matter and it is my job to ask you questions. You are a lawyer and I am asking you a very simple question. Just answer my questions. You are saying you have some other business to attend to, the court will guide us on that.”

The cross examination almost turned into a heated debate between the two until the magistrate intervened calling both parties to order.

Also on the same day, Douglas Ruzana conducted a cross examination without legal representation. His new lawyer failed to notify the courts with regards to his absenteeism.

FBC bank has also reimbursed Mabhiza his lost money while the magistrate on Monday granted bail for the two(2) accused.