Goblin Charges Meant To Distract Constitution Process

Mwonzora, who is also Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator for Nyanga North said: “This is a deliberate ploy to disturb me from performing my constitution writing duties.Why is it that they want to prosecute me at this time when the allegded offences were committed two years back?”

Mwonzora faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail if found guilty. In Zimbabwean traditional mythology goblins are feared, hideous creatures with evil powers.

Mwonzora was on Wednesday summoned to appear before a Mutare magistrate facing charges of demeaning the President ,the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Public Order and Security Act (POSA) in March 2008 at a rally in Nyanga. He is alleged to have called the 85 year old Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, a goblin.

“I never commited the crime…I could’nt have shouted at the President in public,” he said. “The continued arrest and harrasment of MDC members is a planned move to derail various reforms in this country.”