A Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officer based in Chiredzi who hogged the limelight in the run-up to the July 31 elections when he allegedly tweeted in support of MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa is appealing his dismissal from work after an internal disciplinary hearing.
The officer, John Mahlabera, who is being represented by Advocate Collen Maboke, has since lodged an appeal to the ZPCS commissioner general Paradzai Zimondi, disputing the fairness of the verdict.
Mahlabera appeared before the ZPCS disciplinary committee on Thursday, November 08, where he pleaded not guilty to both charges but was convicted nonetheless.
On count one, Mahlabera was being accused for contravening Section 3(1) of the Prisons (staff) (discipline) Regulations of 1984 for using ‘traitorous’ or ‘disloyal’ words against President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
On the second count, Mahlabera was accused for contravening Section 3(46) of Prisons (Staff)(Disciplinary) Regulations of 1984 for being guilty of any other act conduct disorder or neglect of duty to the prejudice of good conduct or discipline as read with Section 19(a-g) of Staff General Regulations of 1968.
Maboke told TellZim News his client was still waiting for a response from Zimondi.
“We have successfully filed an appeal to Commissioner General Zimondi and we are now waiting for the response,” said Maboke.
Mahlabera was dismissed for two counts of using traitorous words against President Emmerson Mnangagwa and unlawfully participating in active politics.
He was called to the podium by Nelson Chamisa during his star rally at Tshovani Stadium on June 10, 2018 and promised a job on Chamisa’s security team if he wanted.
ZPCS argued that prior to that, Mahlabera had tweeted in a manner that seemed to recognise Chamisa as the President thereby undermining Mnangagwa.