Zim opposition spokesperson arrested over tweet

Harare - A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe People First party is facing criminal charges for insinuating in a tweet that Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo committed fraud, NewsDay reported on Friday.

Jealous Mawarire was charged with allegedly contravening the Posts and Telecommunications Act. His lawyer Dzimbabwe Chimbga accompanied him when he handed himself to police on Thursday.

The State alleges that on June 24, he posted a tweet accusing Moyo of failing to account for $114 000 raised from the sale of a building, when he was still Information minister.

The tweet read: “Jonathan Moyo and Tsitsi Mabukucha sold Kingstons building, can’t account for $114000, not arrested.”

Mawarire said police indicated they were not yet ready for trial, as they were still investigating the matter.


The arrest of Mawarire has caused an outrage on social media after lawyer and President Robert Mugabe critic Alex Magaisa blasted the arrest on Twitter 

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