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Critically Ill Mzembi Faces Arrest

FORMER cabinet minister Walter Mzembi is hospitalized in South Africa and reportedly battling for his life, according to his lawyer.

Mzembi is said to be critically ill that he skipped court last week, resulting in him being served with a fresh warrant of arrest.

His lawyer Job Sikhala said Mzembi is “in bad shape” and unable to attend court over several fraud cases.

Citing attorney-client privilege, Sikhala refused to disclose the ailment which has seen the ex-minister committed to the intensive care unit of a South African hospital.

On Wednesday, the defence lawyer tried to have the case heard in camera, so he could explain why his client skipped court.

But the magistrate ruled there was nothing special about Mzembi falling sick and ruled that the deliberations continue in open court.

Mzembi is accused of stealing $1,6 million, among other charges which relate to his long spell as tourism minister. – New Zimbabwe

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