MDC supporter in court over a Mugabe song
An MDC supporter Polite Zambezi, 39, yesterday appeared before a Mwenezi
magistrate, Timeon Makunde facing spurious charges of undermining the
authority of Robert Mugabe in a song.
According to Martin Mureri of Matutu Kwirira and Associates, who is
representing Zambezi, the State is claiming that on 25 November, the accused
who is a known MDC supporter was travelling in a commuter omnibus from
Neshuro to Rutenga in Mwenezi when he sang a song which undermined Mugabe.
Zambezi denies the charges. The case number is CR 137/11/12.
“The State alleges that my client did not respect the office of the
President,” said Mureri.
“The State further alleges that the song contained derogatory statements
that are dangerous and likely to trigger disharmony but in my opinion the
State case lacks clear evidence since there is lack of consistency in the
facts of the State case.
There is no clear evidence to suggest that the accused actually expressed
derogatory words. The charges are politically motivated in order to silence
suspected MDC supporters in Mwenezi”, said Mureri.
The lawyer has since made an application for the matter to be referred to
the Supreme Court.
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