Two men were on Sunday 3 May 2020, arrested n Rushinga in Mashonaland Central province and charged with undermining the authority of or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has said.
The duo allegedly shared and made remarks on a video clip in which Mnangagwa brags about the strength of bond notes, the country’s surrogate currency.
Robert Zakeyo (43) and Admire Mupemhi (34) on Monday 4 May 2020 appeared before Bindura Magistrate Mary Msika after they were arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police members and charged with undermining the authority of or undermining President Mnangagwa in contravention of section 33(2)(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
In the video clip, President Mnangagwa is quoted remarking that; “In this region, in SADC, the RTG, our RTG, the current currency is the strongest currency in the region,” while Mupemhi reportedly wrote the word “frog” in response to the shared video clip.
According to the ZLHR, Mupemhi was set free after his lawyer, Gift Mtisi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights filed an application for refusal of remand arguing that the charges preferred against his client do not disclose the commission of an offence to which Magistrate Msika agreed with the human rights lawyer.
Zakeyo was released on $300 bail and was ordered to report at his local police once in a fortnight and to continue residing at his given residential address. He returns to court on 18 May 2020, where his trial is scheduled to commence.