A NYANGA man is in trouble with the law for allegedly circulating a message on social media accusing President Robert Mugabe of being a burden to the country.
Ernest Matsapa, 46, of Matsapa village, Chief Hata in the mountainous district, will stand trial at the Nyanga Magistrates Courts this April 29 for allegedly being a “criminal nuisance”.
The state alleges the livestock specialist with the country’s agriculture ministry circulated the audio and visual message on a WhatsApp group called Nyanga Free Range, of which he is a member.
Police see Matsapa’s actions as a violation of Section 46 (2) (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
The audio and visual clip, it is further alleged, sought to portray President Mugabe as incapacitated, an allegation the state says was likely to interfere with the “ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the public”.
Matsapa is among an ever increasing number of Zimbabweans who have found themselves being targeted for alleged Mugabe insults verbally or via social media.
Police in Bindura February this year arrested Shamva Primary School head Edson Chuwe and two staffers for allegedly undermining authority of or insulting President Mugabe.
The three school authorities were accused of mocking President Mugabe after they purportedly posted satirical pictures of the Zanu PF party leader on Facebook.
Police claimed that the trio had “doctored” some degrading photographs of President Mugabe using the school computer and had shared a message through WhatsApp, which read; “Mr President isn’t it time to bid farewell to the people of Zimbabwe”.
During the same time, police also arrested one Fredy Munemo, a former policeman for allegedly claiming Mugabe has gone insane and was now incapable of solving the country’s myriad problems.
For that, he was charged with insulting the country’s long time ruler and his wife Grace in contravention of Section 41 (b) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
- New Zimbabwe