Zimbabwe man charged with insulting Mugabe in joke
Harare – Harare court officials on Monday ordered a 52-year-old Zimbabwean
man to stand trial for allegedly telling a work colleague that President
Robert Mugabe’s death was imminent in an apparent joke that misfired.
Zebedia Mpofu allegedly mocked a colleague, informing him that a soft drink
and packet of biscuits he was having for lunch came courtesy of Zimbabwe’s
economic policies under Mugabe’s main rival, Prime Minister Morgan
Mpofu, a general labourer at a private security firm in Harare, has been
charged with undermining the authority or insulting the president.
‘He went further to say that President Mugabe had ruined the country and
that he was going to be dead by December 2011. Then Morgan Tsvangirai would
take over as President of Zimbabwe,’ according to the state case, which
ordered Mpofu to report to court.
Jeremiah Bamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights successfully asked
the court to move the trial date to August 11 to have time to prepare a
Mpofu joins several other Zimbabweans, from politicians to ordinary
villagers, mainly from Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party,
who are facing charges of insulting or undermining Mugabe.
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