BINDURA magistrate,Maria Msika has granted President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s insulter $300 bail after accepting that the allegations by the state do not disclose an offence.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) update confirmed the development saying it came after their lawyer, Gift Mtisi presented a convincing argument.
“In Bindura, Mtisi has successfully challenged the prosecution of one of the two Rushinga men, who were arrested Sunday and charged with insulting President Mnangagwa resulting in his release. We have also got the other man released onS$300 bail,” he said.
ZLHR argued argued that the charge preferred against his client does not disclose an offence, to which Magistrate Msika agreed and set Admire Mupemhi free.
Recently, the lawyers group also secured $500 bail for Chipinge Councillor Chrispen Rambu, who appeared in court charged with insulting President Mnangagwa after he allegedly circulated a message on a WhatsApp group criticising him for not providing safety nets for people during.
The ward 8 Councillor intended to criticize Mangagwa’s failure to provide an economic rescue package for the country citizens.
Another victim ,Abraham Baison, a 30-year-old from Mount Hampden was arrested and tried before the courts after insulting Mnangagwa by shouting about the President’s private parts and those of his mother.
Since the inception of the lockdown opposition party legislators have raised alarm over a crackdown but the Zimbabwe Republic Police who are barring them from assisting the under privileged in their communities.
Events on the ground hint that Mnangagwa’s administration is on a clampdown to silence citizens who generate ridicule on the head of state against a background of ever growing public outcry due to a deteriorating socio-economic environment.