Senator Morgan Komichi, who is the MDC deputy organising secretary, is accused by Bindura police of undermining the authority of or insulting President Mugabe after he allegedly sang a song with the lyrics: “Chimurume chagire chandifungisa dhongi rangu rakafa kare kare,” which the police construed to mean “Grace’s husband reminds me of my donkey which died long long back referring to His Excellence (sic) President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who is husband of the first Lady Comrade Grace Mugabe”.
Police allege that Komichi sang the “insulting” song when he addressed a rally at Chiwaridzo Shopping Centre in Bindura on 24 January 2010.
Police say the MDC deputy organising secretary made the insults when he knew or realised that there was a real risk or possibility that the statement was false and that it could “engender feelings of hostility towards or course (sic) hatred, contempt or ridicule of the President whether in person or in respect of the President’s Office”.
Komichi becomes the latest MDC official to be charged with insulting President Mugabe.
In January Nyanga North legislator Douglas Mwonzora was summoned to stand trial on allegations that he called the octogenarian leader a “goblin” at a rally he addressed at Ruwangwe Growth Point in Nyanga North constituency on 21 March 2009.