A Bulawayo policeman was yesterday arraigned before the courts for allegedly inciting the public to revolt against President Robert Mugabe’s rule through the North Africa-style mass protests.
The policeman, Charinya Charinya, based at the Joshua Mqabuko International Airport Base, but staying at Ross Police Camp in the city, was not asked to plead to inciting the public when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa.
He was remanded out of custody to June 26.
State counsel Jerry Mutsindikwa told the court the alleged incident occurred on February 6 this year at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Fife Street where Charinya allegedly came across vendors and other people discussing the political situation in Egypt.
Charinya, who was in a police uniform, allegedly joined the conversation and said: “Do you think Egyptians are stupid like Zimbabweans? They can solve their own problems.”
Charinya was confronted by a former senior army officer, Retired Major Musa Moyo, who was at the scene buying a newspaper, about his remarks, but he walked away.
The retired officer reported the matter to Charinya’s bosses and investigations were instituted, leading to his arrest early this week.
Meanwhile, another city man, Vikas Mavhudzi — who allegedly posted a message on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Facebook wall encouraging him to topple
President Mugabe through mass protests — was also in court for routine remand.
He was remanded to July 13 on $300 bail accompanied by stringent conditions.
Charges against him are that on February 13 at about 2:10pm, Mavhudzi allegedly sent a message to Tsvangirai’s Facebook wall saying: “I’m overwhelmed don’t know what to say Mr PM.
What happened in Egypt is sending shock waves to all dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of purpose. Worth emulating hey!”