American national accused of insulting Mugabe further remanded


An American citizen, Martha O’Donovan, who was arrested on allegations of undermining the authority of or insulting President Robert Mugabe, through a message which she allegedly posted on social media, was yesterday further remanded to November 30.


O’Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa, accompanied by her lawyer, Obey Shava, who consented to the postponement of the matter.

O’Donovan was arrested during a dawn raid at her Harare residence, where the law enforcement agents confiscated her electronic devices, including a laptop, and detained her at Harare Central Police Station’s CID Law and Order Section.

The State claim O’Donovan posted a tweet on her profile during the recently-held Shoko Festival, which referred to a certain goblin whose wife and stepson imported a Rolls-Royce vehicle.

The police officers who arrested O’Donovan were armed with a search warrant, which had been granted by Harare magistrate Elisha Singano, authorising the police to confiscate all her electronic devices as they reportedly carried out investigations.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.


  1. Hello?!
    Sadly to express my feelings in respect of the American woman–martha O’Donovan that she insulted President Mugabe that led to her arrest.The offence which is based on alligations should totally be dropped and the case should be scrapped with immediate effect,simply because, base on allegations of no sufficient cause. Otherwise, President Mugabe will remain in House of Arrest to resign.Thank you!

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