Man fined for mocking Chinotimba over beard

HARARE - Joseph Chinotimba, the Buhera South Zanu PF legislator, yesterday dragged an Epworth man who poured scorn on his long beard to the magistrates’ courts.

Tatenda Benjamin Machingauta, 29, appeared before provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe charged with contravening the Postal and Telecommunications Act. The Act outlaws sending insulting messages over the phone.

Machingauta was fined $100 or alternatively one month’s imprisonment.

According to prosecutor Sharon Mashavira, Machingauta added Chinotimba to a WhatsApp group called “Com Fighter”.

When Chinotimba asked Machingauta to remove him from the group, he texted Chinotimba: “Pfutseki Chinotimba, mandebvu aro (Voetsek Chinotimba and your long beard).”

Chinotimba reported the matter to the police. Econet assisted in tracking down Machingauta.

Mashavira urged the courts to pass a custodial sentence arguing that the message was politically motivated.

In passing sentence, magistrate Chikwekwe considered that Machingauta was a first offender.

“You have pleaded guilty thus showing contrition, however, against you I took into account that you insulted an honourable person in this country and such cases are prevalent,” the magistrate said.

“The State had proposed imprisonment but it is rather too harsh and I do not buy political issues that the State is trying to smuggle in.”


Comments (7)

The country is burning, economy in the doldrums, people facing starvation and relying on foreign aid and the courts have time to judge this kind of nonsence wasting the little tax payers money there is? Victims of henious crimes are denied justice but the same courts.

Galore 123 - 25 June 2015

This is ridiculous ! Chinotimba should be fined for wasting police time and precious state resources! This is not insulting, merely comment!

Born African - 25 June 2015

Haana here mandebvu??

John dot - 26 June 2015

Vary me be careful your wife mu zimbabwe will take you court and sue you for sleep depravation if you swore in bed

Matombo - 26 June 2015

It's supposed to read"Varume be....." Not very me

Matombo - 26 June 2015

Translation does not have to be literal. "Voetsek... and your beard?" Really? I expect the Daily News to be better. This is pathetic.

Taurai Nangara - 27 June 2015

no one has the right to insult anyone y did he add him in the group,i would say to embarass him ............

dhagu - 27 June 2015

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