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Advocate “Fulcrum” Thabani Mpofu Arrested: What Did He Do?

Zimbabwean news headlines flooded with advocate “Fulcrum” Thabani Mpofu arrest news in 2020. Let’s find out what Thabani Mpofu was arrested for.

Thabani Mpofu is a Zimbabwean attorney and constitutional specialist.

Nelson Chamisa’s attorney Thabani represented the MDC Alliance in the Constitutional Court in 2018 when the MDC Alliance contested the results of the presidential election as reported by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. 

Some people recognized him for using the legalese The Fulcrum and The Pith in 2018 when he was the MDC Alliance’s representative. Thabani represented Zuva with Nelson Chamisa’s help. 

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Two former managers of Zuva Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd, who brought their former Company to court to challenge the termination of their employment contracts on notice, had their appeal dismissed by the entire Supreme Court panel.

Advocate “Fulcrum” Thabani Mpofu Arrested: What Did He Do?

On June 1, 2020, he was taken into custody and accused of thwarting or impeding the administration of justice.

“The Z.R.P. confirmed the arrest of Advocate Thabani Mpofu for violating Section 184 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:233 undermining or obstructing the course of justice,” said Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi. 

Along with three other people who have not yet been apprehended, he was charged with two counts of the same offense between January 2019 and February 7, 2019. Mpofu showed up in court.

Thabani Mpofu Arrested
Thabani Mpofu At Court For His Hearing (Source: Nehanda Radio)

Nelson Chamisa, the Leader of the MDC Alliance, was represented in court by Advocate Thabani Mpofu. That was in relation to hindering or undermining the administration of justice, according to his attorney Beatrice Mtetwa.

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According to the Zim Morning Post, he was arrested in connection with a constitutional issue he was managing regarding the nomination of the Prosecutor General after being summoned by the Police Anti-Corruption Unit at the Morris Depot.

Chief Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi released the Thabani Mpofu hearing on a $20,000 bail.

Thabani Mpofu Biography Explored 

Thabani Mpofu was born on April 13, 1982, in Ingezi Kadoma. He completed his education in Kadoma before enrolling at the Great Zimbabwe University (G.Z.U.), where he earned a law degree. 

After the institution’s demise, he enrolled in the University of Zimbabwe, where he swiftly established himself as an advocate for the rights of former G.Z.U. Students.

He quickly found himself in conflict with the authorities after the fight’s conclusion, which resulted in the students’ recognition and acceptance. 

The court application he filed against the University was the fight’s high point; it was unsuccessful, but it showed the authorities that a new form of activism was available.

In his second year, he filed a lawsuit against the University and the Government after the latter decided to make him pay school fees. He won the conflict and the students’ leadership in opposing the new policy and his suit in its public Campaign initiatives. 

Thabani Mpofu
Thabani Mpofu At His Chamber (Source: Twitter)

He resumed his battle with the Government during his third year, bringing legal action to compel it to carry out its commuter fare implementation rules.

The urgent litigation has yet to be resolved, and it is unlikely it will ever be. However, it supported Thabani’s status as a rising justice activist.

Thabani, who had distinguished himself as a top student during his last year of study at the U.Z., won the ICRC national moot court competition and, as a result, earned the chance to compete in the ICRC African moot court competition. 

Not only did he triumph in the regional competition, but he also proved to be the most excellent speaker in the finals, earning him the right to join the trial prosecutor’s UN-ICTR office and participate in Ephrem Setako’s trial.

He began as an intern at the I.C.T.R. but soon advanced to the position of Legal Researcher.

Thabani Mpofu Lawyer Career Explored 

In addition to consulting for the Zimbabwe Security Guards Union, Thabani has worked with several legal firms, including Mafirakurewa and Associates, J. Musimbe and Associates, Munangati and Associates, Muza and Nyapadi, and the Advocate’s chambers in Harare (Z.I.S.E.G.U.).

He has also served as the Leader of numerous civic and political organizations, locally and nationally.

Thabani was motivated to establish a human rights trust by his historical encounters, which included witnessing the Zimbabwean genocide as a young child, the struggles against the G.Z.U., and the political climate in Zimbabwe following the MDC’s formation, among other things. 

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He established the THABANI MPOFU CENTER FOR JUSTICE, which he set up as a settlement, and gave it the assets he had accumulated while working as a student. 

He also donated his knowledge to the trust, which soon benefited from his vast experience at the I.C.T.R.

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