Ally-turned-enemy freed after insulting Mugabe

William Gerald Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba

William Gerald Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – COURTS have freed a former ally of President Robert Mugabe who insulted the veteran Zimbabwean leader with the F-word.
William Gerald Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba, last year swore at Mugabe during a press conference in Harare  held to announce the formation of the Viva Zimbabwe opposition party.
Police promptly arrested the former youth leader of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.
He faced charges of undermining the authority of the president.
The constitutional court has thrown out the case, dealing another blow to the state as other similar cases of denigrating Mugabe have been dismissed.
The case in the was heard by Chief Justice Luke Malaba with high court judge Justice Paddington Garwe while the state was represented by Edmore Nyazamba.
“By consent, the matter is removed from the roll for the reasons that it has been withdrawn. There will be no order as to costs,” Nyazamba said.
Mutumanje will now appear at a magistrates’ court.
He had denied the allegations of insulting Mugabe, arguing he had the right to share his expressions about the president insisting they were both political party leaders hence he had a right to express his feelings about him.
Mutumanje is one of several members expelled or resigning from a Zanu-PF party beset by factionalism over Mugabe’s eventual successor.
CAJ News

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Posted by on May 26 2017. Filed under Africa & World, Featured, National, News, Regional. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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