MDC provincial official acquitted of insulting Mugabe

BULAWAYO - A mainstream MDC Bulawayo provincial official who was arrested in November last year for denigrating President Robert Mugabe at a funeral was acquitted by the courts on Friday.

Tsepiso Mpofu, the MDC Bulawayo provincial organising secretary was acquitted by magistrate Gladmore Mushowe due to lack of evidence.

“These were just flimsy allegations without any substance against my client, I am very happy justice has been set down and she is free,”  Mpofu’s lawyer Kossam Ncube of Ncube and partners told the Daily News.

Mpofu was facing charges of violating Section 33 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act which relates to publicly undermining the authority of the presidency.

Charges against Mpofu arose after the party executive allegedly shouted at a group of Zanu PF members accusing Mugabe of having destroyed the economy while attending the burial of a relative at West Park Cemetery in Bulawayo.

The Zanu PF supporters reported the matter to the police leading to Mpofu’s arrest.

“I am happy that this is over God is great, besides there was no case for me to answer. Those guys (Zanu PF supporters) who caused my arrest were just wasting my time. I think wherever they are, there are choking with anger since I have been acquitted,” a jubilant Mpofu told Daily News yesterday.

Several Zimbabweans have been arrested and arraigned before the courts for uttering words deemed to insult the president and that undermine the authority of Mugabe who has been in power since the country attained independence in 1980.

Last year Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), said it was worried by the rate at which State security agents were arresting citizens on charges of insulting Mugabe.

However, the Constitutional Court recently made a landmark ruling saying some sections of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) were unconstitutional.

Comments (1)

A dead man cannot lay charges. bob is gone open in private

mukwasha_waJukwa - 13 January 2014

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