Man Who Insulted President Mnangagwa Released

Tinotenda Majuru (24), a Bindura resident, was recently acquitted on accusations of undermining or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authority.

Majuru appeared before Bindura Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura on allegations of undermining President Mnangagwa’s authority or insulting him, as described in Section 33(2)(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

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Majuru, who works as a vehicle washer at Chiwaridzo Business Centre, is accused of stealing beer and a ZANU PF party-branded hat from another resident at a nearby beer hall.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Majuru was accused of using insulting language while drinking beer to criticise President Mnangagwa and his governing ZANU PF party.

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According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Majuru was accused of using insulting language while drinking beer to criticise President Mnangagwa and his governing ZANU PF party.

Prosecutors said that Wazara, the complainant in the case, was drinking a cold pint of beer when Majuru unexpectedly took it from him.

They further said that Wazara ignored Majuru’s provocation and went on to buy another pint of beer to quench his thirst.

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As Wazara was enjoying his second pint of beer, Majuru reportedly snatched his ZANU PF party-branded base-ball cap from his head.

It is alleged that Majuru then proceeded to utter some derogatory words in Shona criticising Wazara, President Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU PF party.

By so doing, prosecutors charged that Majuru acted unlawfully.

Majuru was set free recently by Magistrate Chitumbura after his lawyer, Ernest Jena of ZLHR, challenged the prosecution of his client in the absence of a Certificate of Authority to Prosecute issued by the Prosecutor-General in terms of the law.

Magistrate Chitumbura removed Majuru from remand and directed prosecutors to proceed by way of summons if they intend to prosecute him and after obtaining the Certificate of Authority to Prosecute from the Prosecutor-General

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