Thabani Mpofu has been making headlines on the Zimbabwean media mainly because he has been one of the people who are in the forefront to fight for justice in the country. His outspoken nature has made him one of the top lawyers in Zimbabwe.
So who is Thabani Mpofu? He is a lawyer and constitutional expert. He is popularly known as the legal representative of Nelson Chamisa. One of his most notable cases was in 2018 when he challenged Zimbabwe's presidential election results.
Thabani Mpofu profile
- Name: Thabani Mpofu
- Date of birth: April 13, 1982
- Thabani Mpofu age: 38
- Zodiac sign: Aries
- Thabani Mpofu Twitter: @adv_fulcrum
- Occupation: Lawyer
Thabani Mpofu biography and education
He was born in Ingezi Kadoma on the 13th of April 1982. He was educated in Kadoma and later enrolled to the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) where he graduated with a degree in law. Following the closure of that university, he joined the University of Zimbabwe where he quickly distinguished himself as a fighter for the rights of students from the former GZU. The fight culminated in the recognition and acceptance of the students and soon placed him at loggerheads with the authorities. The highlight of the fight was when he filed a court application against the University which was, however, not successful but served to show the authorities that a new kind of activism was on offer.
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When he was in his second year, he took the University and Government to court over the latter’s decision to force him to pay school fees. He emerged victorious in the battle and the student’s leadership, in resisting the new policy used, his suit in its public campaign programmes. During his third year, he renewed his fight with the government, this time around filing a suit to compel the government to implement its laws concerning commuter fares. The urgent suit has still not been determined to date and it is unlikely that it ever will. It, however, confirmed Thabani’s status as an emerging fighter for justice.
During his final year of study at the UZ, Thabani who had distinguished himself as a leading student won the ICRC national moot court competition and won with that the right to participate in the ICRC African moot court competition. Not only did he win the competition at the regional level but he emerged as the best speaker in the finals and won with that the right to join the UN-ICTR office of the trial prosecutor and participated in the trial of Ephrem Setako. He joined the ICTR as an intern but soon became a Legal Researcher.
Thabani Mpofu lawyer career
Thabani has worked for various law firms which include Mafirakurewa and Associates, J. Musimbe and Associates, Munangati and Associates, Muza and Nyapadi, the Advocate’s chambers in Harare and has been the consultant of the Zimbabwe Security Guards Union(Z.I.S.E.G.U). He has also led various civic and political bodies both at university and national levels.
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Inspired by his historical experiences, first having witnessed the genocide in Zimbabwe as a kid, the troubles against the GZU, the political environment in Zimbabwe after the formation of the MDC inter alia, Thabani decided to form a human rights trust. He founded the THABANI MPOFU CENTER FOR JUSTICE, which he constituted as a settlement, donating to it the properties he had acquired as a working student. The trust soon benefited from his immense experience at the ICTR as he donated to it his expertise as well.
Thabani Mpofu arrest
In Thabani Mpofu latest news, the lawyer was arrested on June 1, 2020, by the Zimbabwean Republic Police on charges for obstruction of justice. He was summoned by the Police Anti-Corruption Unit at the Morris Depot, the Zim Morning Post has heard and was arrested in connection to a constitutional case he was handling concerning the appointment of Prosecutor general. In Thabani Mpofu hearing was released on a $20,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi.
Thabani Mpofu house
In 2019, the constitutional expert was robbed in his house while he and his family were sleeping. Not many items were taken since Thabani Mpofu wife only lost her phone and cash. Mpofu believes the break-in was meant to cow him into silence and he is treating as suspicious considering those who broke in, made an effort to rearrange his furniture as it was before the attack.
Thabani Mpofu is an inspiration to all the young men and women in Africa in fighting for justice and democracy. We wish him all the best in his endeavours.
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