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Mugabe comment - Zim minister held

2012-10-10 21:06

Harare - Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly undermining veteran President Robert Mugabe in a speech at a rally, his lawyer said.

"Minister Mangoma was arrested this afternoon by officers from the CID law and order section," lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told AFP.

"The police are alleging that he said something at a rally that undermines the authority of the president. We don't have any further details."

The lawyer said Mangoma, who is also deputy treasurer of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, was taken to Bindura, a mining town around 90km north of Harare.

Tsvangirai and Mugabe formed a power-sharing government in 2009 to avoid a tip into conflict in the aftermath of a bloody presidential run-off election which Tsvangirai boycotted citing the killing of around 300 supporters.

Relations between the two remain tense with counter-accusations of violence.

At least 30 supporters of Tsvangirai's party including youth leader Solomon Madzore have been in detention for over a year facing charges of killing a police officer who was in a team that came to block a rally.

In 2011 Mangoma was arrested and detained on charges of abuse of office in the awarding of tenders for the supply of diesel and pre-paid electricity metres. He denies the charges.

Arrests for slandering Zimbabwe's long-time president and breaching the strict public order law are common.

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

Comments
  • warren.slater.353 - 2012-10-10 21:31

    Truth undermines Mugabe, he will arrest anyone who doesn't lie. It's election time...here we go again, back to his usual tactics while leaders in the region turn a blind eye.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-15 14:51

      It's called african democracy, the strong undermine all below them, you must keep smiling while you being f##ked.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-10 21:37

    Do you know which side your bread is buttered now! He cares only for himself just like our idiot pressie, zuma!

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-10 21:39

    Zuma needs to learn something from this.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-10-10 21:47

      Hmmm.... if he did the same - he would have to make half of South Africa a jail to house all those who speak against him...

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-10 21:59

      Can we start with Juliass

      christian.denyschen - 2012-10-10 22:09

      You are so right Kim, Zuma needs to learn some thing!

      mark.webb.50 - 2012-10-10 22:16

      where do you think Zuma learnt from

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-10 22:27

      And turn his Nkandla Homestead into a country, our Mzantsi into preason. 'coz nobody talks nice about him here.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-10 22:27

      And turn his Nkandla Homestead into a country, our Mzantsi into prison. 'coz nobody talks nice about him here.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-10 21:45

    please bob and your police stop harassing innocent people!idiots.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-10-10 21:56

    Please make Mugabe and Malema stand close behind each other . It does warrant to waste 2 bullets !!!

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-10 22:11

    There is nothing wrong here,Mugabe is using the old constitution which was used by Smith regime to arrest anyone who talk bad about the president. Don't blame Mugabe he's following the Zim law

      kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-10 22:30

      Busie - which law are you saying exsisted have you any facts - please share with us all or as i suspect you are just alot of hot air..!

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-11 08:10

      Idiot.That law is less then 15 years old.Was made just for that trash. As for Ian Smith ,he was a Prime Minister,there was no position of President in the GOOD old days

      roryrori.nare - 2012-10-11 11:57

      That's an idiotic comment i ever read lol, how come this clause of the old constitution has not been edited like wise?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-15 12:46

      Misinformed idiot! Mugabe actually made a million amendments to the original Smith constitution. If he could hear you saying that he is using Smith's law you will actually get arrested Busi...

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-10 22:27

    Mad Bob - he sure has an inflated opinion of himself - what a failure..!

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-10-11 07:22

    Mad Bob , a cretin, neandrathal, moron, total f88cking idiot there, I've undermined the presidencey. Come and arrest me you useless twat!

  • sunith.varkey - 2012-10-11 09:04

    The reason Zimbabwe is falling apart is because the people of Zimbabwe only care about themselves. The average Joe is not willing to stand up and fight for his country. They would rather whisper quietly amongst friends that Mugabe is bad and then go off to other countries in the world to try and survive there.

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-10-11 11:07

      Why should we waste our time fighting for some other politician to get into power when we know that the politicians will promptly forget the people when they get into power?Enough of us the ordinary people have suffered for the politicians,let the politicians fight it out on their own for a change.Zimbabweans do not throw rocks at cars on highways or burn things when they are pissed off ,they simply go to school and afterwards leave the country via bush,air,road ,rail and sea.

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