State hunts for Mutodi’s backers

POLICE yesterday said they had established that the incarcerated Energy Mutodi, who was arrested on Thursday after he insinuated there would be a coup, was part of an organised syndicate of powerful people, whom the law enforcers want to round up.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Energy Mutodi

Energy Mutodi

Mutodi, who was charged with causing disaffection among defence forces over his Facebook post about President Robert Mugabe’s succession, was yesterday further detained after the State sought more time to prepare and seek evidence against him.

He is represented by prominent human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa.

The businessman and musician is detained at Harare Central Police Station and is expected back in court today.

The State had approached the court to further detain him for an additional six hours, as the 48 hours permitted by law lapses at around 7am today before the courts open.

In his bid to seek Mutodi’s further detention, the investigating officer, Detective Inspector Josephat Chitumbura, told the court that Mutodi was not working alone in his endeavour to cause disaffection in the defence forces, hence, the need for more time to bring all the evidence before the court.

“Investigations carried out so far have established that there is a concerted effort by an organised syndicate of high-powered people working in cahoots with the accused, which we are still working to establish,” he said. “Police are still working with digital forensic analysts to recover additional material from the accused’s Facebook account, with a view to pressing additional charges.”

However, his lawyer Mtetwa opposed the application, saying the State is playing games by charging Mutodi basing on online publication, ZimEye’s article.

Mtetwa told the court that the State should consider placing Mutodi on remand rather than applying to detain him further, as this would infringe on his rights to liberty.
“Mutodi helped the police to download the material that they alleged he posted,” she argued.

“Social media posting can be done from anywhere in the world and there is nothing before the court that warrants further detention.”

Mtetwa told court that there was no evidence linking Mutodi to powerful people, as his Facebook account was not shared.

However, magistrate Elisha Singano granted the application, saying the State needed to be accorded the time so it would not bring a half-baked docket to court.

“The police made genuine reasons on why they want further detention because they still need to browse the Facebook page,” Singano said. “Is it the accused’s genuine page and this can only be done by thorough investigations and I, hereby, grant the application.”

Mutodi was arrested after he posted an article with the headline Why choosing a successor is a difficult job.

In the article, he allegedly said decision-making in succession issues had always been a problem among Africans resulting in civil wars, repetitive coups and economic turmoil.

He went on to give examples of Muammar Gaddafi, Laurent Gbabgo and Idi Amin, among others.

Mutodi has posted several articles in support of Mnangagwa in the fluid Zanu PF succession race.

12 Responses to State hunts for Mutodi’s backers

  1. mgobhozi wezintabeni August 12, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    This is a practice(witch hunting)which is an unwritten official policy of Zanu pf designed to give an excuse to Mugabe’s family to unceremoniously purge some senior military commanders under this pretext.Mugabe now wants his family who have no liberation credentials to take over.The military commanders are being perceived as obstacles.

  2. Kufandada August 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    If military commanders are removed from succession dynamics,it becomes easier for non liberation opposition like Nkosana Moyo and Morgan Tsvangira to transfer power.Munhu wese kuna Amai.

    • Sagitarr August 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

      What makes you think everyone is against that? Munhu wese kwaanoda, isu vedu anamai tinavo kare. Hatidi ma step mother isu.

  3. Sibiya August 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    only tht its harare in bulawayo a lot of pple masquerading as c.i.o who are promising to remove our dearly president by force to make ppke happy vachinyepa kutsvaga kutengerwa doro zvavo

    • Sagitarr August 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

      Your “dearly president” is heavily hated, if you didn’t know because you receive clothes and food crumbs handouts from Zanu PF. Not everyone is that desperate.

  4. NACIDO RICO August 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    The fact that, the military bosses told the entire nation that, they wont salute a leader who never participated in liberation struggle gives the incumbent a headache on how to elevate Grace. The solution: to retire the junta and give them posts in parastatals.

  5. luvish August 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Ummm pindirai mwari

  6. Stanford August 13, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    no comment

  7. madhumbe August 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    we pray for peace

  8. Bwe August 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    There is nothing to hunt. Kuvhunduka kwacho kwanyanya. Maitya chaizvo ngwena. Zvatichapera tose tose kusungwa. Looks like mai Mujuru was a walk in the park compared to this fight with the croc.

  9. matt August 14, 2017 at 12:50 am #

    ndezvavo vanozvida hameno ikoko

  10. Blek Sosej August 14, 2017 at 4:36 am #

    Isu neche kure kure tinongoti tsvatu,plus vagarisa vasina kumbourayana anambga ava.

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