By Court reporter
ZIMBABWEAN authorities have arrested and charged a man with
undermining authority of or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa
after he allegedly stated that he disliked him for mismanaging the
32 year-old Farai Gwaza of Dindi village in Pfungwe, Mashonaland East
province was arrested early this month and charged with undermining
authority of or insulting President Mnangagwa as defined in section 33
of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
ZRP officers who arrested Gwaza, who is represented by Tinomuda Shoko
of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) claimed that he pointed a
finger at a colleague wearing a ZANU PF party T-shirt and said; “I
like the colour of the T-shirt but I don’t like the picture of the
person on it because he is making people suffer yet enriching
For allegedly uttering that statement, Gwaze was detained in police
cells for two nights before he was released.
Meanwhile, in Harare, Magistrate Francis Mapfumo recently acquitted a
Harare woman, who had been on trial on charges of disorderly conduct
after she was arrested for allegedly insulting some police officers by
labelling them as President Mnangagwa’s lackeys.
31 year-old Prisca Dausi of Epworth, who was represented by Idirashe
Chikomba of ZLHR, had been on trial at Harare Magistrates Court after
she was arrested in September 2018 by ZRP officers who charged her
with disorderly conduct as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law
(Codification and Reform) Act.
During trial, prosecutors charged that Dausi uttered some abusive
words to the effect that the law enforcement agents, who intended to
demolish her brother’s cabin which he uses as a barber shop as they
were under the impression that it belonged to some unidentified men
whom they had reportedly arrested in connection with drug use, were
However, Magistrate Mapfumo discharged Dausi at the close of the
prosecution case after ruling that the state witnesses who testified
during her trial gave contradictory evidence thereby rendering the
state case unreliable.