A SENIOR officer at the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services, Superintendent Rueben Zimondi, is reportedly in trouble for making deragoratory remarks about First Lady Grace Mugabe. KENNETH NYANGNI OWN CORRESPONDENT
Zimondi, who is in charge of the prisons farm in Mutare, reportedly appeared before an internal disciplinary committee led by Assistant Commissioner Nelson Chikwature on three occasions this week facing charges of labelling Grace a dog and accusing her of causing all current problems rocking the Zanu PF boat.
It is not clear whether Zimondi is related to Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi.
His case of contravening Section 3 (46) of the Prisons staff Disc Regulation 1984 “being guilty of any other act, conduct, disorder or neglect of duty to prejudice of good order and discipline” was filed under charge sheet number 2921911P.
The charge states that being a member of the service, Zimondi wrongfully and unlawfully uttered derogatory words against Grace, saying all problems being experienced in Zanu PF were caused by President Robert Mugabe’s wife.
Zimondi is alleged to have uttered the remarks on December 5 last year at Mutare Farm Prison in the company of some of his officers and civilians, while watching a television programme, where Speaker of the House of Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, was addressing delegates at the Zanu PF congress about the alleged plot to assassinate Mugabe.
Zimondi’s colleagues later reported him to his superiors, culminating in the ongoing disciplinary hearings.
His lawyer Ashel Mutungura could not be reached for comment yesterday, but sources said the hearings are due to end today.