Lawyers Name And Shame Mangoma's Persecutors

Mangoma was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with contravening Section 33 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act when he allegedly uttered the words; “Chifa Mugabe chifa. Chibva Mugabe chibva,” loosely translated to “Pass on Mugabe and go now” on 18 May 2012 at an MDC meeting he addressed at Manhenga Business Center in Bindura, Mashonaland Central province.

Influential human rights group, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) unmasked the police detectives who stormed his offices at Chaminuka Building and picked him before detaining him at the notorious Harare Central Police Station.

ZLHR identified the five police detectives as Detective Sergeant Kamuzwimbi, Detective Constable Nzombe, Detective Constable Dickson, Detective Sergeant Gunduza from the Law and Order Section at Harare Central Police Station. Chief Superintendent Charles Ngirishi led Mangoma in recording the warned and cautioned statement. Ngirishi has been previously named in the persecution of political and human rights activists including former MDC transport manager Pasco Gwezere and University of Zimbabwe lecturer and International Socialist Organisation leader Munyaradzi Gwisai.

Mangoma, who was represented by ZLHR member lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa and Selby Hwacha denied the charge in “its totality” and was released after Ngirishi recorded a warned and cautioned statement from him.

The persecution of Mangoma was full of drama as the police first took him to Harare Central Police Station before attempting to transfer him to Bindura Police Station but with his lawyers giving chase, the police made an about turn and returned to Harare Central Police Station where they recorded a warned and cautioned statement from him.

The arrest of Mangoma, who was twice arrested in 2011 and later on acquitted and freed on charges of flouting tender procedures in the procurement of fuel and for fixing tenders in the purchase of electricity metres brought to 45 the number of insult cases that ZLHR has monitored and handled in recent months.