MDC Leader Facing Charges of Insulting Mugabe Denied Bail

Ncube, who is also a Beitbridge councilor, was remanded in custody to June 22 when he appeared before Magistrate Stephen Mavhuna on Monday at the Plumtree Magistrates Court.

Liberty Mcijo, from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Lawyer (ZLHR), who is representing Ncube, told Radio VOP that Magistrate Mavhuna “in his arguments to deny Ncube bail, said the MDC T youth leader was a threat to national peace and was likely to cause riots with such Mugabe baboon jibes.

Ncube was arrested on June 06 by Matabeleland South police for the Mugabe baboon statements that he reportedly uttered during an MDC T rally held at Stanmore in Gwanda on June 02.

It is an offence under Zimbabwe’s tough security laws to undermine or insult Mugabe, the only ruler Zimbabweans have ever known since the country’s independence from Britain 30 years ago.