Govt employee in court for saying Mugabe is 'a burden to country'

2016-04-05 15:16
Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

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Harare - A Zimbabwean government employee has been caught on the wrong side of the law after he allegedly circulated a message on social media accusing President Robert Mugabe, 92, of being a "burden to the country", a report said on Tuesday. 

According to New Zimbabwe, Ernest Matsapa, 46, a livestock specialist, was charged with "criminal nuisance".  

Zimbabwe's constitution forbids people from insulting the president. Section 33(2) b of the constitution states that anyone found guilty of the charge could be fined or face up to one year in jail, or both.

Matsapa reportedly circulated an "audio and a visual message" on a WhatsApp group called Nyanga Free Range.

The audio and visual message allegedly tried to portray Mugabe as being unfit to rule.

'Mugabe is too old to rule'

Reports indicate that at least 150 people have been arrested for insulting president Mugabe in recent years.

A Zimbabwean police officer recently found himself in hot water over allegations that he called the nonagenarian an "old man", according to a previous News 24 report.

The report said that Thompson Joseph Mloyi, 44 entered a police barrack and started shouting "President Mugabe is too old to rule and is married to a prostitute".

The incident happened barely a week after a headmaster Edson Chuwe was also arrested along with two of his colleagues for sharing images which were described as "belittling" to the southern African leader.

One of the images depicted Mugabe being kicked by a white farmer.

Mugabe, 92, has been at the helm of the southern African country since it gained independence in 1980.

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