Thou shalt not insult Mugabe

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A Mbare resident has been languishing in remand prison for almost a month after he was arrested on February 28 for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe.

He is still detained in remand prison awaiting trial.

According to the state outline, Golden Mutizwa is being charged with undermining the authority of or insulting the president as defined in section 33 (2) (a) and (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The Mbare resident is alleged to have likened President Mugabe to a dog when he scolded another Mbare resident Sandra Chikanya and uttered the words “Murikutongwa nemunhu achembera.

Mugabe imbwa (you are being ruled by an old person. Mugabe is a dog),” which the police say was unlawful and intended to undermine the authority of the head of state.

Mutizwa is also facing another charge of criminally insulting Chikanya by uttering the words: Muri mahure eZanu PF (you are Zanu PF prostitutes).

He is also facing assault charges and malicious damage to property.

Mutizwa is being represented by lawyer Marufu Mandevere of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners.

His trial which was supposed to commence this week was postponed to next week before magistrate Never Katiyo after another magistrate recused himself from presiding over the matter citing that Mutizwa was an accused in another matter and a complainant in another matter which he was already handling.

Several Zimbabweans have been arrested and subsequently acquitted after being charged with insulting President Mugabe.

In January Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora was summoned to stand trial in Mutare on allegations that he called President Mugabe a “chikwambo (goblin)”.

The trial was later postponed.