Former Zanu-PF activist arrested for insulting Mugabe released on bail

President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)
President Robert Mugabe. (File, AFP)

Harare - Former Zanu-PF activist, Acie Lumumba, has been released on bail of $400 after being arrested for insulting President Robert Mugabe, a report said on Thursday.  

The ex-Zimbabwe Youth Council chairperson used the F-word against Mugabe as he was launching a new political party in the capital Harare last week.

His direct taunt won him a smattering of applause - and lots of questions.

However, just a few days after uttering the expletives, NewsDay revealed that the former Zanu-PF activist had handed himself over to the police after he had gone into hiding to evade arrest.

Lumumba was charged with undermining Mugabe’s authority.

According to New Zimbabwe, state prosecutor Oscar Madhume had earlier opposed the bail, claiming that Lumumba was probably one of the people who were behind the recent protests that had engulfed the country.

He further stated that the accused was a flight risk as he had connections outside of the country.

However, presiding Magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe rejected the claims, saying that they did not make sense.


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