Man in court for Mugabe birthday joke

2012-02-29 22:42

Harare - A Zimbabwean man has appeared in court for joking in a bar about whether President Robert Mugabe was strong enough to blow out the balloons for his 88th birthday party last week, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Richmore Chazi was arrested while drinking with friends in a bar in Mutare while watching the live coverage of Mugabe's birthday rally held in the eastern city on Saturday.

"Chazi is being charged for insulting and undermining the authority of the president and will come back to court on March 12 for routine remand," his lawyer Blessing Nyamaropa told AFP.

He has been released on $20 bail when he appeared in court on Monday.

Zimbabwe police regularly arrest people who joke about Mugabe, who has ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1980.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-29 23:21

    why oooh why you still alive

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-01 08:00

      Yeah someone should blow his brains out!

      Johan - 2012-03-01 08:26

      Are YOU undermining the authority of the President ?! :)

      Sam Jones - 2015-07-07 05:34

      He looks like an ape. Look at those lips and the very dark skin. Come and arrest me, Zimbo police!!!

  • Steyn - 2012-02-29 23:47

    If he blows too hard, his ass will fall off

  • Fred - 2012-02-29 23:53

    Such a disappointment Zimbabwe. It started with such promise in 1981.

      frank.hartry - 2012-03-01 07:13

      Sorry- You probably mean {April] 1980.

  • Ronald Bruyns - 2012-02-29 23:55

    Hey are the joke!

      Anthony - 2012-02-29 23:57

      he is the biggest april fool joke out

  • Chaapo - 2012-03-01 01:07

    I suppose RGM sees himself as some kind of a God. Thank you Chazi, Mutareans always call it as they wish and damn the consequences. Mutare, the city of the free in mind despite ZANU PF's best efforts.

  • Heibrin - 2012-03-01 01:19

    Wasn't there a rumor last year about him being gay? In which case I believe he'd blow just fine...

      Alfred - 2012-03-01 01:30

  • joao.degouveia - 2012-03-01 02:01

    $20 bail .lol

      Peter - 2012-03-01 06:14

      Should have been no bail for a heinous crime like this.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-01 07:29

      I've got a 100 trillion Zim dollar note right next to my bed. Guess I won't have a problem getting out on bail...

      Ryan - 2012-03-01 07:47

      That is probably US$20. They hardly work in Zim $ anymore. I doubt there is such a thing as Zim$20 nowadays.

  • mmberane - 2012-03-01 02:36

    serves him well why he joke about that lack of discipline I tell you

      heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-01 03:08

      Ya, Monde. You really don't get the freedom thing, do you? It will be easy to enslave you and make you think it was your idea. Moron.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-01 08:10

      @ Mmberane. You just don't get the point! *sad*

  • JR.lenoir - 2012-03-01 03:11

    lol, I remember when people used to joke about Canaan Banana. It just goes to show that Zimbabwean presidents are a joke.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-01 04:49

    On a recent visit to Zimbabwe, I noticed that many Zimbabweans "wisper" when talking about Mugabe. That is called "Tyranny"

  • Antionette Oberholzer - 2012-03-01 04:55

    How does one 'blow out balloons' ?!?

  • braamc - 2012-03-01 06:02

    When I saw the photo, I could swear it was a gorilla, not to be funny have a look.

  • Peter - 2012-03-01 06:12

    What a terrible thing to do, I hope he gets the death sentence.

      Hans Van de Riet - 2015-07-13 20:41

      Few people caught your sarcasm I see.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-01 06:28

    i swear, we don't know how good we have it here in south africa.

      frank.hartry - 2012-03-01 07:22

      You mean we have the right to criticise and speak our minds AT PRESENT. One must remember that the ANC slavishly support the ZANUPF government under Mugabe and with the possible enactment of the present form of the secrecy information cover up bill, people may not be able to continue calling Zuma the shower man and out favourite cartoonest Zapirio may end up in jail.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-03-01 06:28

    Absolutely ridiculous!! Bob and his cronies belong in the circus!! Klomp narre!!

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-01 06:46

    Mugabe conditioned d poor people of Zimbabwe

  • Dee - 2012-03-01 07:12

    hahahahahahah! this guy is ugly yerrrrrrrrr.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-01 08:12


  • LandyNut - 2012-03-01 07:54

    Dress a gorilla up in the same clothes and seat it next to Mugabe and you would have great difficulty who in deciding which one was the Zim leader.

  • Sihle - 2012-03-01 08:03

    One word that comes to mind PATHETIC!!

  • William - 2012-03-01 08:05

    You sad pathetic old fart!!!!

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-01 08:09

    This is such a joke!!! a sad joke!

  • crismoyo - 2012-03-01 08:09

    So he was blowing out balloons instead of candles? LOL

  • Terry - 2012-03-01 08:47

    have you ever seen Hitler's twin watch out here comes mugabe

  • Douglas - 2012-03-01 08:56

    Mugabe has not ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain as Ian Smith declared UDI on the 11 of November 1965 - in effect declaring independence from Britain then. Not to acknowledge this is to ignore 15 years of Zimbabwean history. This is poor reporting.

  • Noelle - 2012-03-01 09:05

    oh my hat - now they banning bar jokes eish!

  • Patrick - 2012-03-01 09:23

    It appears from the picture of Mugabe, "that you can have your cake, and eat it".

  • Gedoemde - 2012-03-01 09:50

    Julle gaan almal aangekla word vir die' grappies soos innie artikle geplaas, Lol.

  • CIHOSHE - 2012-03-01 11:31

    ha ha

  • Trevor - 2012-03-02 10:48

    In African culture, we don't undermine our leaders. pity some folks have been so colonised they want to adopt Western culture. Its a shame when stand up comedians put up a whole show ridiculing presidents just to entertain their masters. wish all Africa could take a cue from Zimbabwe and Mugabe

      Kagiso - 2012-03-02 11:10

      let the comedians mock evil so called 'people's presidents' turned tyrants, people need a laugh or 2, especially when you live in an oppressed country where your basic human rights are violated on a daily basis, economic meltdown and freedom of speech is banned.

      Hans Van de Riet - 2015-07-13 20:53

      Trevor we Westerners do a hell of a lot better without your so called culture of not undermining our leaders. If they lead us into hell it's not our leader anymore, we get rid of the bastards. You people will never ever thrive because of your self defeating cultures. Why are things going so bad in Africa, ever thought about that? Yes that's the problem, because of your culture you don't have to think your leaders who are leading you to hell do the thinking for you out of tradition. Gaah!!

  • Kagiso - 2012-03-02 11:11

    i hope the grim reaper ends his strike soon, this guy is long overdue

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