Anti-Mnangagwa, Chiwenga protester applies for bail

A DARING placard-waving protester, who recently labelled President Emmerson Mnangagwa a “murderer”, while describing former Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga as a “diamond thief” during the Zanu PF extra-ordinary congress in Harare, yesterday approached the High Court seeking bail.


Gustaff Kativhu, who appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, is facing charges of insulting Mnangagwa and Chiwenga.

Kativhu, who was arrested on December 15 last year, is being represented by lawyer and MDC-T executive member, Job Sikhala.

His bail application was delayed due to a pending psychiatric examination by two government doctors, which was only provided yesterday.

In opposing bail, prosecutor Michael Reza told the court that Kativhu was a flight risk as he was of no fixed abode.

His address on the police charge sheet is written as from Chief Nyamukoho, Mudzi, and Reza said it had no fixed place as Mudzi is a constituency.

The prosecutor also said Mudzi being near Mozambique, the accused could easily cross the border without documents, as the people who reside in the area have relatives in the neighbouring country.

However, Sikhala said Kativhu did not choose to be born near Mozambique, as it was by God’s design.

He said Kativhu was of fixed abode and was currently constructing an industrial complex in the Willowvale industrial area and had been working as an engineer in Saudi Arabia from 2004 to 2017.

Mugwagwa is expected to rule on the application today.

It is the State’s case that on December 15 at around 2pm, Kativhu arrived at the Robert Mugabe Square, where Zanu PF was holding its extraordinary congress to choose the presidential candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections, and was seen heading towards the VIP tent displaying three placards on both hands.

It is alleged the placards were inscribed: “Another 37 years of no jobs; Election by UN or else 2008; Chiwenga, don’t beat vendors give them jobs; Mnangagwa, Chiwenga diamond mafia; Mnangagwa killed my friend, and, Zanu PF is giving your jobs to Chinese”.

As a result, Kativhu was arrested and his placards were confiscated.

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  1. this here is a true hero saying out what most of us fear to say out even in our homes.i feel ashamed of myself that i cant even say out my name on this platform for fear of being killed.

  2. Where is the freedom of expression? Is he not a murderer? This is an open secret.

    This is not a NEW ERA, as they profess!

    JM is right: “If you have issues with your father & the Devil kills him; says he did it for you & will care for you better. Would you hail the devil as a hero & your father’s murder as a New Era?” They are just a piece from the old block.

  3. Still hoping this will turn out to be a new era not a new ERROR!!

  4. I wish some fools would open their eyes. When will they?

  5. just like those who insulted Mugabe e.g Martha o donovan, this man should also be walk scot free.

  6. Chamboko Chewaya

    May I seek clarity as to who the bail application is being made…. the High Court or Magistrates Court (before Rumbidzai Mugwagwa)

  7. hapana chaakatadza



  10. And they said they needed Psychiatric evaluation by 2 Government doctors. Really!!!

  11. Richard Deschain

    Just goes to show freedom of expression in this country is still a pipe dream. You have to give it to this guy though, the guy has balls made of steel and if Zimbabwe had a lot of people like him, we would be on a whole different level in terms of development and democracy. Democracy is an incredibly sophisticated way of governance and is beyond the capabilities of most people let alone this country’s leadership as shown by the arrest of this brave guy.

  12. I support protests but Zimbabweans sometimes confused freedom of public speech and being a public nuisance. Protests are supposed to be kept in the road or outside public buildings. When you try marching into a tent or a church service you are now being a public nuisance.

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