MULTIMEDIA: 60 arrested for insulting Mugabe

MORE than 60 Zimbabweans have over the past three years been arrested and charged with insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Report by Feluna Nleya

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a non-governmental organisation that has provided legal assistance to several of the people arrested, has blasted the law under which the people were arrested and charged, saying it was tantamount to criminalisation of freedom of speech.

In a statement released at the weekend to mark World Press Freedom Day, ZLHR said Zimbabwe was still saddled with repressive media and criminal laws that were either too broad or vague despite committing itself to international, continental and sub-regional standards and principles advocating media freedom.

The human rights group said other repressive laws continued to be abused and selectively applied against targeted civil society organisations and human rights defenders.
“It is disturbing to note an increase in the criminalisation of free speech through the abuse of insult laws, wherein ZLHR has recorded 60 cases in which Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act has been arbitrarily applied on individuals and charged with allegedly ‘insulting or undermining the authority of the President’ since 2010,” ZLHR said.

The ZLHR’s worrying statistics came at a time when MDC-T youth chairman Solomon Madzore is in custody after he was arrested for allegedly insulting Mugabe at an MDC-T rally in Mashonaland Central province last month.

Other MDC-T senior officials who have been brought to court over similar allegations include party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jameson Timba, deputy Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development minister Morgan Komichi and Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma.

Ordinary Zimbabweans, including simple villagers, have also been arrested and arraigned before the courts for the same reason.

They include Regis Kandawasvika, a Chiredzi man who allegedly threw an object at Mugabe’s portrait last year, apparently over bitterness about his joblessness which he blamed on the President.

According to ZLHR, Mashonaland Central province tops the list of cases of people that have fallen in trouble for allegedly insulting the Zanu PF leader.
Most of the cases were pending with only two having been finalised and the accused persons acquitted.

ZLHR has since referred some of the cases to the Supreme Court where the organisation’s lawyers were challenging the constitutionality of the sections of the law under which Zimbabweans were being charged.

42 Comments

  1. Baba vagara havatukwe. Ukatuka baba vakakudzidzisa kupfeka underwear unoita munyama usingaperi. Ndiani wamakambonzwa achituka Queen kana Obama chero Blair kunyika dzavo akasawirwa nejambwa. Kutsveruka rudziiko kutuka baba vakakufundisa form four. Handiti ndivo vakaita kuti masecondary namaUniversity avepo. Muchaita munyama vanhu imi

  2. It’s a shame it’s come to this

  3. iyo freedom of speech inoreva kutuka president vedu vakatisunungura? Aaa isu vana vavo tefara sei kana baba vedu vasitukiwa pameso pedu?

  4. let them rot in jail. dai vakadamburwa masoro iwayo. Kutuka president we nyika here akomana. pamberi nezanu pf . vanotumwa ne bhunu tichavadzidzisa gwara revatema chete

  5. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    People especially youngsters should learn to respect elders. Its bad for the youngsters to denigrate and demonising elders. RESPETO ANCIANOS.

  6. Farai J Pfururayi

    kutuka mukuru yeino nyika angava ari upizvake,hatukwi. MaZimbabweans ngatikudzei vatungamiri veinonyika.

  7. Phunyukabemphethe.

    Gukurahundis have no respect to other gukurahundi shona nxa

  8. Phunyukabemphethe

    Respect ?

  9. HOWCOME ZANU PF AND HERALD POUR VITRIOL ON PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI EVERYDAY AND NOBODY IS ARRESTED? THE COUNTRY’S PRIME MINISTER DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED! NO DOUBLE STANDARDS PLEASE!!!

  10. Phunyukabemphethe

    Welshman ncube is not foul mouthed as compared to the gukurahundi opposition

  11. To all Christians, I mean true christians, a reminder, read Romans Chapter 13 verses 1-7.

  12. Phunyukabemphethe

    Peace loving people of zimbabwe let us pray for our nation Zimbaremabwe. I no longer support the mthwakazi dubios secession objective

    1. jambajecha jj

      i have been wondering? But its fine now,thats how we must think, i am prepared to die for you,as i think you will do the same.so frankly speaking the enemy is one which is zanu.its a virus which is more than aids.we aught to get red of that. We as zimbabweans must be prepared to join hands and fight together, if it means die together then be it.together as one.the enemy has no boundaries he has killed both sides,ndebeles and shonas kalangas and so forth we both suffered, kwanele

  13. jambajecha jj

    my intelligents boys gave me report, its said ,he wanted to personaly visist his co accused to the muder case, so he has to do something in oder to be arested. They cant talk everything nepagirazi kuma vizola.so he has to make a plan. Apo mupfanha wakahwinha ndokupa 10 against 0. Keep it up. Ndonzi mukoma gonzo.

  14. Phunyukabemphethe

    My Mthwakazi brethren let us forget about secession because it is practicaly a hard nut to crack. The gukurahundi government is on high alert and not only that , they have also brainwashed the shona and they are the self proclaimed protectors of shona glory. Let us not forget the glorious days of Mzilikazi which is but no more. Unfortunately most Ndebele youths are migrating to Mzansi and the shonas are more than happy because of this trend. When are we going to revive Ndebele glory? With Mugabe in power let us put this idea in a political freezer. PASS THIS TO THE MOST TRUSTED PERSON

    1. Chimbozvifunga kuti sei the first university wz build in harare and the first mental hospital im bulawayo!

  15. HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER KUTI MWARI VAKUWEDZERE MAZUVA MAZHINJI PANYIKA.

  16. Phunyukabemphethe

    My Mthwakazi brethren let us forget about secession because it is practicaly a hard nut to crack. The gukurahundi government is on high alert and not only that , they have also brainwashed the shona and they are the self proclaimed protectors of shona glory. Let us not forget the glorious days of Mzilikazi which is but no more. Unfortunately most Ndebele youths are migrating to Mzansi and the shonas are more than happy because of this trend. When are we going to revive Ndebele glory? With Mugabe in power let us put this idea in a political freezer. PASS THIS TO THE MOST TRUSTED PERSON.

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Gukurahundi Shona arsehole copycat!

  17. Simba May, why do you choose to be deliberately blind? The MDC T mouthpiece the Daily News spits out daily venom against His Excellency the President and nothing happens to them. By the way you cant equate the positions of President and Prime Minister. The former is the symbol of the Nation whilst the latter is just a first among equals (1st Minister). Icho!

  18. Its high time pple learn to do the right thing at the right place. Tomoro you will hear again that so and so has been arrested for insulting Mugabe. Even with this alarming statistics pple wil stil do what they know they will end up in jail, they why muchimutuka? Just let him be and dont vote for him so that when he is no longer president not only will yu be able to insult him but kana kumutundira.

  19. Respect President Mugabe and God will bless you. Vana vanotuka baba vanotukwa sezvakaita Canaan.

  20. Phunyukancube tries by all means to divert our attention on the matter and brings his own imaginations.Your support for she and she party is none of our bright thinking citizens concern @ all.Keep that to yourself and your beautiful shona wife.Look after her because we value her so much please.

  21. patrick,every man is Gods creation and reserves to be treated equal.the president,priminister and the ordinary man insulting each other remains bad.the herald chief culprit

  22. Phunyukabemphethe

    Mugabe, tsvangirai and ncube must be forced to go to exile.

  23. It seems people just need to desociate from chihwindi behaviour of needlessly talking rubbish.Kutuka mukuru Cde RG ndohudofa hwemasatani chaiwo.His excellence doesnt demand but deserves respect.Vanoziva sesu even after death and pasi nekudenga ngavakudzwe.Ngavasungwe vasiye hunhu hwechinyasarande uhwu.Kutuka President?

  24. Iye Madzore ashamisa chii nhai vanhu wee? Abva aita kunge zvinonzi ndiye gotwe muno munyika, imi vanhu veNEWSDAY ndimi munopesvedzera vanhu imi. Last time makatinyaudzisa futi nevanhu nenyaya yekungofa kweka komana kaye keku Headlands zvikaita sekunge vanhu havachafa pasi pano, yet vanhu vanongofa kana kusungwa zvichongo enderana nekuti firo yako kana kusngwa kwako imhosva ipi yawapara. Ndosaka kuine mapurisa, majerigadhi, maroya, zvazoitawo kuti paitewo mastosti ayo aakuzviti maHuman Rights Defenders anoo akudzokorora basa ragara richiitwa kare nemaGweta. Saka kufa kana kusungwa hazvishamise, chatinongoda kuziva kuti vafa, kana kusungwa ndaanani uye nezvikonzero tichinzwa zvedu senhau. Kwete zvenyu zvekumombe zvekuumbirana mazamu aanamai kwonzi, ukaputsa zamu raamai vangu ndinokurova. Ndoo chii ichocho? Tipeiwo masiriasi vakomana!

  25. Phunyukabemphethe

    Chenhanho Chimutengwende
    Chenhamo “Chen” Chakezha Chimutengwende (born 28 August 1943)[1] was formerly the Minister of State for Public and Interactive Affairs in Zimbabwe[2] and a longstanding supporter of Robert Mugabe. On 31 March 2008 he lost his parliamentary seat in the general election, which ended his 23-year career as a Member of Parliament.[3] Since September 2009 he has been chairman of the Zimbabwe Foundation for Sustainable Development.[3]

    During the 1960s and ’70s Chimutengwende lived in exile in London, England, where he directed the Europe-Africa Research Project from a basement in Gower Street. During his time in London he was also credited with drafting of the controversial document designed to subjugate the Ndebele tribe called The 1979 Grand Plan. He was a member of the editorial board of Red Mole, a paper closely associated with the International Marxist Group. A staunch supporter of Mao’s China, he resigned from the editorial board when the paper criticised Mao’s policies with regard to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

    Speaking in Plumtree a few days ago, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made a dramatic statement on political violence. He said: “My hands are very clean and my conscience is clear. I did not kill anyone during Gukurahundi. I did not kill anyone during Operation Murambatsvina and I did not kill anyone during the 2008 Presidential elections run-off. I challenge Mugabe to come out in public and say the same.”

  26. Phunyukabemphethe

    Zanu is the best political party

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Gukurahundi Shona arsehole!

      1. Phunyukabemphethe

        Those foul mouthed individuals should dance to music played by lice in chikurubi.

  27. Phunyukabemphethe

    Chenhanho Chimutengwende
    Chenhamo “Chen” Chakezha Chimutengwende (born 28 August 1943)[1] was formerly the Minister of State for Public and Interactive Affairs in Zimbabwe[2] and a longstanding supporter of Robert Mugabe. On 31 March 2008 he lost his parliamentary seat in the general election, which ended his 23-year career as a Member of Parliament.[3] Since September 2009 he has been chairman of the Zimbabwe Foundation for Sustainable Development.[3]

    During the 1960s and ’70s Chimutengwende lived in exile in London, England, where he directed the Europe-Africa Research Project from a basement in Gower Street. During his time in London he was also credited with drafting of the controversial document designed to subjugate the Ndebele tribe called The 1979 Grand Plan. He was a member of the editorial board of Red Mole, a paper closely associated with the International Marxist Group. A staunch supporter of Mao’s China, he resigned from the editorial board when the paper criticised Mao’s policies with regard to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

    Speaking in Plumtree a few days ago, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made a dramatic statement on political violence. He said: “My hands are very clean and my conscience is clear. I did not kill anyone during Gukurahundi. I did not kill anyone during Operation Murambatsvina and I did not kill anyone during the 2008 Presidential elections run-off. I challenge Mugabe to come out in public and say the same.”

  28. mwanawemundau, the word you are looking for is deserves, not reserves, and I still maintain that the position of President and that of Prime Minister can not be equated! Insulting the President is a crime which can land you in big trouble whilst insulting the PM can, at the worst, get you to Civil Court. You can not equate a Liberator and a Desserter, its just not possible!

    Phunyukabemphethe is one of the most confused individuals to ever go on Social Media. He seems to be somehow deranged in his efforts to cause fissures in the ties that bind Zimbabweans together. I think he needs serious and urgent attention for his psychological problems.

  29. @Chivurukute,
    Phunyu is a wise guy who is not shay of what he says his thinking is out of other people’s reach. He is a pain to some of our fellow readers, I’m starting to like this guy.

  30. @codza tii .mwari chete ndivo vanokudzwa pasi nokudenga,kwete mugabe!

  31. Kkkkkk anotuka President naMakandiwa vanoita mamota kumagaro.

  32. jambajecha jj

    ngauye mamota acho, fock off bob,fock off mukandiwa,musatanyoko yenyu masveta maropa evanhu.

  33. Phunyukabemphethe

    Zim Independent

    Shona administrators must prove they are capable
    By Kudakwashe Marazanye
    I WAS moved by Zimbabwe Saints supporters who were singing with nostalgia
    about their team’s good old days, “.mutserendende, mutserendende,
    mutserendende Dr Love Matavire. ndakambonetsa. kumira neni aive makomborero
    mumvuri womuvonde.”

    Just like Matavire Chikwata chakambonesta and their supporters once walked
    tall. I could not help reminiscing over the good days at Saints.

    Which Saints fan does not have fond memories for the Super Saints of Ephraim
    Chawanda, Henry Mckop, Joseph Machingura etc? I still remember how the
    Saints family was crestfallen when we lost a final to a Shakeman
    Tauro-inspired Caps United in 1979. Aah! Vakomana, choenda here Chikwata?
    With such a distinguished footballing history, what has gone wrong at the
    once-famed Chikwata?

    There is a discernable trend of Shona failure in this and many other cases
    of administrative bungling in this country. Unfortunately this trend only
    serves to reinforce long held stereotypes of Shona dishonesty and bad
    management. Traditionally, whites have had contempt for the cowardly and
    ignoble Mashona and grudging respect for the proud and brave Ndebele.

    The Ndebele had and still harbour contempt for the fickle amasvina. The
    Ndebele still have an unkind refrain about the Shona – thathekile mota
    yamasvina. When in a charitable mood, the Ndebele argue that the problem
    with the Shonas is that they are full of I know, omaningindaba,
    vanamandihindini. So, traditionally, the Shona have always been at the
    bottom of the ethnic pecking order.

    That is why most whites would have preferred a Ndebele government to a Shona
    one in 1980. In their view, Ndebele hands in government were more
    responsible than Shona ones. After all they had wrested the country from the
    Ndebele on their arrival. Even during the liberation war, it was generally
    held that Zipra cadre were a more professional force than Zanla’s army of
    contemptible garden boys turned terrorists. Peter Godwin says as much in his
    book Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa. With the current problems our country is
    facing, blamed mainly on mismanagement, white liberals are quick to distance
    themselves from President Robert Mugabe declaring that “. I was an Inkomo
    man.”

    Against such a background, it is in the interest of the Shona to prove
    history and their detractors wrong. But instead, the Shona seem to be hell
    bent on confirming such prejudices about their ethnic group. Dynamos and
    Saints are both Shona clubs and they are both in an administrative mess. It
    is a scandalous shame that the Shona in Bulawayo now have to turn to
    Highlanders for a soccer team to root for after the demise of Saints. Even
    the Shona players in Bulawayo have to go to Highlanders to launch a career
    in football when in the past they naturally went to Saints.

    Generations of Ndebele and Shona youngsters in Bulawayo had a healthy,
    non-antagonistic rivalry on the soccer pitch to establish which group of
    youths was better. This good-natured rivalry extended to the members of the
    two ethnic groups at work places and in the various drinking places.

    The kind of friendly rivalry you see in Amakhosi’s Foromani and Sakhamuzi.

    But with the demise of Saints, Shonas in Bulawayo now shamelessly consider
    themselves as members of the Highlanders family, both as players and
    supporters. This is despite the humiliating taunts they are subjected to
    like “okungama buya-buya lokhu; .okungamasvina lokhu.” as correctly depicted
    by Amakhosi at the Highlanders Annual Prize Giving Day last year. At
    national level, soccer administration is largely in the hands of Shonas,
    with Leo Mugabe, a Shona at the helm. At this level the sport is also
    generally in the doldrums due to administrative incompetence.

    Apparently Ndebele administrative superiority over the Shonas is not
    confined to football. The city of Bulawayo is the country’s shining beacon
    in local government administrative excellence. Whilst corruption and
    mismanagement have cost Harare (and some Shona cities too) its glamour
    status, Bulawayo has been relatively well run. And Bulawayo, it must be
    remembered, is the heart and soul of Matabeleland.

    In business, Ndebele businessmen are generally known for their financial
    prudence and modesty. They are also known for their social responsibility to
    their Ndebele community – even though the money might have been made in the
    much-loathed Mashonaland. Over the years we have had Ndebele businessmen
    pouring money into Highlanders for its Champions League campaign and to
    sustain their foreign coach, Eddie May. We have had Delmar Lupepe coming up
    with his Amazulu, Titus Ncube and Chemist Siziba amongst others, sponsoring
    Highlanders. Of course the Bulawayo-based Ndebele businessmen would do well
    to discard their Bantustan mentality where they want the Bulawayo business
    arena to be rid of foreigners (read Shonas).

    The corollary to that warped thinking is that the Ndebele sons making money
    in Harare and other areas outside Matabeleland should be chucked out of
    these areas. So Delma Lupepe, Trevor Ncube, Tammy Msimanga and others who
    have thriving businesses in Mashonaland would have to close shop.
    Ultra-Ndebele nationalism may be good for Highlanders but it is certainly
    bad for ethnic relations. In contrast to the financial discipline, social
    responsibility and modesty displayed by Ndebele businessmen, Shona
    businessmen are given to obscene ostentation. They parade their opulent
    villas and cars, firing guns at funerals in the fashion of gangsters, which
    the less charitable say is exactly what they are.

    Parastatals headed by Ndebele boys also seem to fare better compared to
    those run by their Shona counterparts.

    The Zimbabwe Investment Centre under Nicholas Ncube and the then Cotton
    Marketing Board under Sylvester Nguni were some of the better run
    quasi-government organisations.

    From the foregoing, it is clear that the Shona may well have earned a
    reputation as incompetent, out and out crooks driven by the love for money,
    much like the Nigerians. This does not do any good to their tribe’s standing
    in society, and they should work hard to correct such perceptions and
    stereotypes.

    Because of these negative stereotypes of Shonas, there has been muted talk
    in some circles about whether things wouldn’t have been better in Zimbabwe
    under the late Joshua Nkomo and his PF-Zapu.

    l Kudakwashe Marazanye is a Harare-based freelance writer.

    marazanyek@yahoo.co.uk

  34. So what Phunyukancube

  35. Phunukabemphete yisihlama.

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