Bulawayo man set free over Mugabe insult

BULAWAYO - A 63-year-old Bulawayo man who was facing charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe has been acquitted by a Bulawayo magistrate.

Yunis Hassanmiya Gaibi of Khumalo suburb pleaded not guilty to the charge of undermining authority of or insulting the President as defined in the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act (Section 9.23) when he appeared before magistrate Glady Mushowe.

The state accused Gaibi of unlawfully, publicly and intentionally making a statement about the President with knowledge of or realising that there was risk or possibility that the statement would cause hatred, contempt, and ridicule of the President.

State prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa told the court that on October 25 last year, Gaibi drove into town and parked his truck in front of Elans Court along Main Street and Third Avenue.

Gaibiis is alleged to have shouted at the crowd gathered in front of the block of flats in English saying: “I don’t want to see anyone here. This is not the place of your President Mugabe.”

In the crowd were informants Mazwine Gumbo and Themba Ndlovu who proceeded to Bulawayo Central Police Station where they made the report leading to Gaibi’s arrest.

Defence lawyers Majoko and Majoko argued successfully that Gaibi did not subject the President to either ridicule, hatred or contempt. - Staff Writer

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