Man fined for Mugabe death joke

2012-09-06 15:24

Harare - A Zimbabwe court fined a man $150 for joking that President Robert Mugabe had died, a daily newspaper reported on Thursday.

Cleapas Manangazira, 34, was convicted for undermining the authority of the president in a court in central city Gweru.

Manangazira joked to police about Mugabe's death when the bus he was travelling in stopped at a tollgate on the road to Gweru, according to the privately-owned NewsDay.

"Why are you police officers sitting here. Don't you know the President is dead," prosecutors quoted Manangazira as saying.

"We are coming from putting a tombstone on Mugabe's grave. Did you hear me people? Mugabe is dead."

Bus drivers tried to silence him but the man went on joking about the long-time ruler.

The conductors then told the bus driver to take Manangazira to Gweru police station, where he was arrested.

Reports surface often on arrests for slandering Zimbabwe's long-time president and breaching the strict public order law.

Usually those found guilty receive light jail sentences or fines or are ordered to do community service.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-06 15:31

    Lol it looks like every one wants Mugabe dead hmmm,and the man is not dying

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-06 15:42

    Mugabe is dead. Mugabe is dead. Mugabe is dead. Mugabe is dead. Mugabe is dead Mugabe is dead get the idea.

  • jandre.botha - 2012-09-06 15:46

    At $150 Zim it is probably the value for money in Zimbabwe at the momnet...

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-06 16:30

    We been having it!!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-09-06 16:42

    $150 US.... LOL!!!! How ironic.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-06 17:51


  • edgar.mooi - 2012-09-06 18:03

    No one knows wt Zimbabwe hold after de death of mugabe, never feel like if he dead u will get rich ,u might be much poorer dan hw u a today. A u in his will as benefieary ,? God give life to his people an god have reason for mugabe to live so long. Thanks Lord to give life to dose dt we wish them dead ,:

  • bongani.ndlovu.96 - 2012-09-06 21:02

    ha'ha'ha'ha! Wat a joke. Owesome!

  • MoshKaDeph - 2012-09-06 23:29

    So all of people who wish mugabe die are not christians? This world is confused indeed

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