Zim man to stand trial for Mugabe joke

2011-07-25 22:08

Harare - Harare court officials on Monday ordered a 52-year-old Zimbabwean man to stand trial for allegedly telling a work colleague that President Robert Mugabe's death was imminent in an apparent joke that misfired.

Zebedia Mpofu allegedly mocked a colleague, informing him that a soft drink and packet of biscuits he was having for lunch came courtesy of Zimbabwe's economic policies under Mugabe's main rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mpofu, a general labourer at a private security firm in Harare, has been charged with undermining the authority or insulting the president.

"He went further to say that President Mugabe had ruined the country and that he was going to be dead by December 2011. Then Morgan Tsvangirai would take over as President of Zimbabwe," according to the state case, which ordered Mpofu to report to court.

Jeremiah Bamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights successfully asked the court to move the trial date to August 11 to have time to prepare a defence.

Mpofu joins several other Zimbabweans, from politicians to ordinary villagers, mainly from Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party, who are facing charges of insulting or undermining Mugabe.

  • Kelvin - 2011-07-25 22:42

    But why?

  • Karabo Mano - 2011-07-25 22:59

    is he dead yet? if not, not interested.

      daaivark - 2011-07-26 06:50


  • Nkosinathi - 2011-07-25 23:16

    what a waste of time..what special about him....Nonsense!!!

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-25 23:20

    THAT semi literate cretin with psychological problems aka robert mugabe should be dead

  • BLACKMAMBA - 2011-07-25 23:22

    he aint going nowhere .even if he dies,there will be another mugabe. sick of the west trying 2 dictate what happens in africa

      sipholess - 2011-07-26 02:27

      Blackmamba, do you think Bob has Zim on the right path then ?

      Angel - 2011-07-26 05:38

      Blackmamba - Which planet are you from? Obviously not this earth, blaming West for Arica's dictators. There will always be dictators with power-hungry and money-grabbing 'African leaders' on this continent.

      C_S - 2011-07-26 06:28

      @Blackmamba, wake up! The only thing people like you understand is genocide, like in Rwanda, Sudan, Congo, Sierra Leone.... almost all African countries. If Mugabe didn't have the UK & west to blame, his attention would have been on his own people and would have commited genocide.

      Johan - 2011-07-26 07:35

      The West must go away - just send money.

  • jock - 2011-07-25 23:37

    well he has been brain dead for some time

      daaidoos - 2011-07-26 08:06

      Syphilis. He probably got it from his wife

  • ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2011-07-26 00:19

    I'm not joking, Mugabe is a JACK ASS!!!

  • Liberty - 2011-07-26 01:50

    It's time for mugabe to get a first class ticket to hell

  • nic - 2011-07-26 01:54

    and our corrupt bunch of clowns for a ruling party support this idiot, as well as Gadaffi and all the other dictators that are responsible for arguably the worst cases of inhumanity since the Rwandan genocide. *facepalm* *shakes head*

  • Dan - 2011-07-26 05:31

    Some presidents are insults all by themselves. Wait until Malema and Julius reads this, we won't be allowed to voice our jokes anymore. Really pathetic to say the least. Just again shows you the little credibility in African justice systems. Freedom of speach means you can tell it as it is. Fool's paradise at best.

  • Willeboer - 2011-07-26 05:42

    What the hell happened to freedom of speech?

      daaivark - 2011-07-26 06:51

      What's that?

  • The Odd One Too - 2011-07-26 07:32

    Hey mugabe, i hope u die soon, scum!

      batsi - 2011-07-26 07:55

      I wandor what people get if someone passaway suck the blood eat the meat of a dead person i dont know,only God can hadle that really

      shmangle - 2011-07-26 08:29

      batsi........... WTF???????!!!!!

  • Sizwe Mogale - 2011-07-26 08:01

    What kinda cr@p is this

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