MP's Mugabe Insult Trial Set For September

Pishai Muchauraya, the Makoni South Member of Parliament appeared before Murambinda Magistrate Tendai Mahwe last Friday before he postponed the trial to September 22, 2010 to allow prosecutors to furnish the legislators’ lawyers with State papers.

Prosecutors accused Muchauraya of undermining and insulting the authority of President Mugabe by alleging that the veteran nationalist was too old and was suffering from chronic diarrhoea.

The police allege that Muchauraya insulted the octogenarian leader in October 2006 when he told party supporters that; “Robert Mugabe is now old and is suffering from chronic diarrhoea and is now living under the constant aid of a doctor.

The police said not only did Muchauraya make false statements by uttering such a statement but he also engendered feelings of hostility towards or caused hatred, contempt or ridicule of the President Mugabe.

This is not the first time that an MDC Member of Parliament has been dragged before the courts for insulting President Mugabe.

In May the police charged MDC deputy organising secretary and non-constituency Senator Morgan Komichi with undermining the authority of or insulting President Mugabe.

The police alleged that Komichi, undermined and insulted President Mugabe by singing an insulting song at a party rally in Mashonaland Central with the lyrics “Grace’s husband reminds me of my donkey which died long long back referring to President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who is husband of the first Lady Comrade Grace Mugabe”.

However, Komichi was removed from remand after his lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) applied for refusal to place the non-constituency Senator on remand on the basis that the facts submitted by the State did not disclose any reasonable grounds that the legislator committed an offence.