Mnangagwa poisoning saga: Ally arrested

VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s alleged poisoning saga has taken a new twist, with his ally Energy Mutodi reportedly being arrested again yesterday for insinuating that Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Health minister David Parirenyatwa tried to poison the Vice-President in a foiled assassination attempt.

by STAFF REPORTER

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and  Energy Mutodi
Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Energy Mutodi

A source at Harare Central Police Station confirmed that Mutodi had been arrested.

“It’s true that Mutodi has been picked up after minister Sekeramayi laid criminal charges against him. The matter is now under investigation,” the source said.

Mutodi yesterday confirmed on his Facebook page that he had been summoned to the police law and order section for questioning over the matter.

“While I was expecting the government of Zimbabwe to institute a commission of inquiry into the poison[ing] case, it is me who actually is now being charged under section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act: Publishing false information that is prejudicial to the State,” he wrote shortly before he handed himself to the police.

Mutodi is on $100 bail granted by the High Court after he was charged with undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority by allegedly insinuating that the 93-year-old veteran politician could be toppled in a military coup if he did not handle his succession properly.

In his Facebook post yesterday, the defiant Mutodi said he had previously written about former Vice-President Joice Mujuru but he had not been charged and wondered what could be special about Sekeramayi and Parirenyatwa.

“Why should police just target me for arrest when it skirts those facing such serious allegations of assault and attempted murder?

“Previously, I wrote about how Mujuru had planned to assassinate the President of the republic and no police officer ever knocked at my door.

“Are these two ministers more superior than Vice-Presidents to such an extent that their accusers face arrest?

“Mujuru was a Vice-President and my accusation against her is well documented.

“As a law-abiding citizen, I will not run away from the police,” he said.

Mutodi said he had alerted the United States embassy and the United Nations, saying he was in danger because he had exercised his right to freedom of expression, research and opinion.

“Many people have disappeared and many have been jailed for showing dissent and for speaking out against the ills and injustices of the day,” he said.

Mutodi has been open and brazen about his support for Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe both as party and national leader.

Last Christmas, Mutodi was photographed with Mnangagwa holding the now controversial mug inscribed: “I’m the boss.”

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed Mutodi’s arrest.

“It’s true he (Mutodi) has been arrested.

“He is at Harare Central law and order section.

“He is being charged under section 31 of the Criminal Code: Making or publishing falsehoods that are prejudicial to the State,” she said.

Mutodi’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa also confirmed the arrest, saying she had sent a lawyer to assist him.

30 Comments

  1. Ngazvipedzane.We are just watching the movie.

    1. kkkkkk mira uone

  2. there must be freedom of expression in Zimbabwe

  3. This is the beginning of the end of a Monster. Citizens of Zimbabwe just be patient and see the salvation of the LORD. GOD is about to deliver HIS people from the hands of pharaoh. These are only birth pains of a new Zimbabwe.

  4. Those guys must Join opposition Politics

  5. No problem if they all disappear, come march-june 2018.. there will be more body bags, the game has begun

  6. Its funny that Beatrice Mtetwa seems to be very political and supports anybody who seems to critise Mugabe. What will happen to her the day Mugabe is nomore. To her Mugabe is the alpha and omega.

    1. stupid comment

    2. Does anyone remember WAYNE Bvudzijena, the police spokesperson? Is this the same ZanuPF/Mugabe bootlicking chap who can’t tolerate any form of criticism? When Mugabe is no more, Bvudzijena, hopefully there will peace and the rule of law in this country, so folk like Beatrice will not be called out all the time to defend people, Mutodi, who are mistreated by this current government. But what has Beatrice got to do with your stupid comments.

    3. Read Mauyu’s comment to rectify your thinking framework!!!

    4. Beatrice is an excellent lawyer, she will represent you when you are offside according to your handlers.

      1. POLITICAL PROPHETS

        true she is brilliant , chirikutora mari wena

    5. she doesnt throw herself ,they knock her door bcz of her expertise in dealing with this regime and human rights litigation.

    6. Beatrice is just a lawyer and you can also hire her if you want her legal expertise. Mind you she has a wide pool of non-political clients whom you don’t know of. She doesn’t look for clients,they look for her and as long as they afford to pay no matter kuti ndiani,she is obliged to take care of their interests.

  7. baba jukwa

  8. kkkkk our next PRESIDENT is sydney sekeramayi watch the space

  9. Self destruct mode activated.Gore rino tichaona zvakawanda.

  10. Who killed Robert Mugabes brother Michael (15),in 1934 by poisoning?

  11. damburanai ikoko

  12. Mtetwa is a human rights lawyer who can be hired by anyone who can be able to pay for her services, she is not doing charity work here, no politics at play, its straight business, a lawyer can be hired by anyone depending on her/his field of speciality.

    1. ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

      Kupumha munhu uroyi with no evidence at all is a crime even in the primitive world. Does he have the credible proof.

  13. but y is that mnangagwa always remain silent while others are fighting for him. he needs to maintain good name. akanyanya kupusavo futhi uyu…..

    wake up mnangagwa hey… u die silently

  14. Mutodi haana mhosva uyu they was want to divert our focus

  15. he can calm down and tell them
    what he knows . next time he can learn to shut his mouth

  16. what is so special about Mutodi and his Lacoste now in the face of all suffering subjected to the people of Zimbabwe all along. All ZANU Pf stuff are the same and enough is enough. We have no sympathy for you

  17. Pakaoma mwari ticheukeiwo nhamo yatitamba tsina vamwe vachida kuurairana hu president sure here pavari ipapo vari kungoba chii chavanoshaya tirangarireiwo mwari isu venhamo basa kutishandisa kuti vawane kuguta

  18. taste of your own medicine Mutodi.Mnangagwa vanokuisa nyoro very soon vanhu veZanu.no sympathy at all.you taught them how to get rid of people who are ambitious to become president now it’s your turn to go down.

  19. Iwe Mutodi vharirwa ikoko. You want sympathy from us?oh pliz. U are just like the people u so accuse.You are not a saint. You also ‘killed us’when u made us pay for stands that u never delivered. We used our last penny for those ukabatsirwa nevakuru vako ivavo to just defraud people and get away with it. I hope you suffer for all your ills!!!

  20. this guy swindled civil servants big time. He is heratless

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