By Staff Reporter
Bulawayo, November 06, 2016 – A Bulawayo court on Saturday freed a National University of Science and Technology (NUST) graduate who was arrested for heckling President Robert Mugabe as he was presiding over the institution’s graduation ceremony on Friday.
Advance Musoki (23) allegedly stood up during the ceremony and uttered the words “Mabasa Ngaadzoke president” (please provide employment president) three times.
He was immediately arrested and charged with committing criminal nuisance in contravention of Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Musoki appeared before a Bulawayo court on Saturday represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ lawyer Mehluli Dube who successfully secured his release on free bail.
Musoki is among an increasing number of university graduates now using graduation ceremonies to shout President Mugabe down, accusing him of poor leadership.
In September this year, former Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) president Tonderai Dombo ambushed Mugabe during a University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony by raising a placard demanding jobs, as Mugabe, the institution’s chancellor, was getting ready to cap more than 3 000 students.
Dombo stood on his chair facing Mugabe and raised a placard with the words: “Graduates today, marovha mangwana (loafers tomorrow), tipei mabasa (give us jobs).”
To avoid further embarrassment on the President, Mugabe’s security has reportedly been barring graduates and visitors from entering with ball point pens into graduation venues the embattled leader has been presiding over recently.