Chipinge Man Jailed For Insulting Mugabe

Gift Mafuka was found guilty of contravening Section 33 (2) (B) of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act, Chapters 9-23, when he appeared before provincial magistrate, Samuel Zuze.

Two months were suspended on conditions he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.

The State, led by Last Goredema said Mafuka saw two young boys aged between 12 and 13 wearing t-shirts with President Mugabe’s images and asked why they were putting on t-shirts with the image of an old person with wrinkles on the face.

The court heard Mafuka then told the two boys that President Mugabe was on his way out and that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was the president-in-waiting.

The court heard that Mafuka went on to threaten the juveniles before the minors ran away.

Mafuka ran after them and caught one of them. He whipped him.

In passing sentence Zuze said Mafuka committed a very serious crime in insulting the person of the president.

Zuze condemned Mafuka’s actions saying they were coming at a time when the country was making progress in promoting national healing, reconciliation and tolerance