Trio persecuted over anti-Mnangagwa slur

By Court Reporter

THREE people are appearing in a Zimbabwean court answering to charges
of insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa as authorities intensify
their clampdown on dissent.

In Bindura in Mashonaland Central province, Saymore Mashorokoto and
Evermore Kakurira have been summoned to appear at Bindura Magistrates
Court on Friday 13 September 2019 after they were charged with
disorderly conduct for allegedly telling Tichaona Svinurai, a fellow
resident that President Mnangagwa had dismally failed to revive the
country’s political and economic fortunes and that he should hand over
power to opposition MDC Alliance party leader Nelson Chamisa.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police charged Mashorokoto, who was in the
company of Kakurira with contravening section 41(b) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act and stated that by uttering such
words to Svinurai, he had acted in a disorderly conduct and had used
threatening, abusive, or insulting words intending to provoke a breach
of the peace or realising that there was a real risk or possibility
that a breach of the peace may be provoked.

The 45 year-old Mashorokoto, and the 46 year-old Kakurira are
represented by Tinomuda Shoko of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
(ZLHR).

Meanwhile, Brian Kembo another Bindura resident and Councillor for
Ward 3 in Bindura in Mashonaland Central province, will appear in
court on Wednesday 18 September 2019 after he was charged with
disorderly conduct for allegedly stating that several people in
Zimbabwe were stressed owing to President Mnangagwa’s failure to fix
the country’s economic crisis after winning the 2018 presidential
election.

Kembo is represented by Idirashe Chikomba of ZLHR.