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Goromonzi Man Arrested for Allegedly Insulting Mugabe

Zimbabwe police is accused of targeting MDC-T members only.
Zimbabwe police is accused of targeting MDC-T members only.

A Goromonzi North man, Moenda Mbera, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe using vulgar words.

Thirty-five year-old Mbera was supposed to have appeared before a Murehwa Magistrate after spending the night in cells at Murehwa Police Station but the prosecutor refused to handle the case without a prosecution certificate that gives him authority.

His lawyer Kennedy Masiye of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says his client is now expected to appear in court on November 26.

“Today when we appeared at court the prosecution refused to prosecute pending the availability of the certificate,” said Masiye.

Mbera was drinking beer at Juru Growth Point when some soldiers, who were in the same bar with him, alleged that he had insulted the president resulting in his arrest.

Masiye said his client, who is denying the charges, is being charged for contravening Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification Reform) Act.

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