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Harare Lawyer in Court for Alleged Witness Intimidation through Occult Means

In a startling turn of events, Harare-based lawyer Linda Kovi found herself at the center of a legal storm, facing charges of obstruction of justice. The accusations stemmed from alleged attempts to intimidate witnesses in a pending fraud case, as detailed during her recent appearance in court before Harare Magistrate Donald Ndirowei.

According to the State, represented by Anesu Chirenje, Kovi stands accused of contacting the key witness, Shorai Mupunga, with intentions to dissuade her from testifying against her in the fraud case. It’s alleged that the lawyer Kovi resorted to intimidation tactics, including invoking superstitions, by claiming that a traditional healer had foreseen dire consequences should Mupunga continue cooperating with the authorities.

Furthermore, it’s claimed that Kovi sought the intervention of the traditional healer, identified as Chief Dotito, to utilize spiritual means against Zacc officers and court officials handling her case. Investigating officer Elisha Chimusoro confirmed these allegations, stating that Kovi had resorted to threats of misfortune to deter witnesses from giving evidence.

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Kovi, however, denied these accusations, arguing that she lacked access to the identities of potential witnesses. The court reserved its ruling on her bail application for Wednesday.

Beyond the charges of obstruction, Kovi’s legal qualifications have come under scrutiny. Court documents revealed a discrepancy regarding her credentials. While she purportedly graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Africa in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2019, investigations revealed a troubled academic journey.

In pursuit of practicing law in Zimbabwe, Kovi attempted to secure certification from the Council for Legal Education (CLE). Despite multiple attempts, she failed to pass several crucial modules required for certification. Allegations emerged that she conspired to obtain a certificate fraudulently, by bribing an undisclosed CLE employee to facilitate its issuance, despite her academic shortcomings.

This certificate, obtained through deception, enabled Kovi’s admission as a legal practitioner, further tarnishing the integrity of the legal profession. Subsequently, she petitioned the High Court for admission as a legal practitioner based on misrepresented qualifications, a request that was granted.

Kovi’s case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of upholding ethical standards within the legal fraternity and the consequences of attempting to subvert the course of justice. As the legal proceedings unfold, the integrity of both the legal system and the accused hang in the balance.

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