HARARE - Shamva Primary School headmaster Edson Chuwe has been dragged before the courts after allegedly posting “obscene cartoons” of President Robert Mugabe on his Facebook page.
The 42-year-old headmaster, who is accused of undermining the authority of the president, is jointly charged with Edna Garwe, 45, the school’s typist, and Leman Pwanyiwa, 33, who is the school’s development committee secretary and another MDC activist.
The trio is also charged with criminal nuisance.
According to court papers, Chuwe reportedly created a Facebook page and posted the alleged “degrading” pictures in December.
“One was showing the president being assaulted by a member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in uniform with a baton stick, whilst the president was running for his life and the other cartoon showed a doctored photograph of the president sitting down naked, wearing some beads with the caption ‘mambo wedu’ (our king),” State papers say.
The State further alleged that in one of the doctored pictures, Mugabe appears together with American musician Rihanna, “in a position suggesting that they were in love”, while the other one depicted him with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth Macheka, captioned “mother Zimbabwe”.
“The other one showed different Zambian presidents from Kenneth Kaunda to Frederick Chiluba and on Zimbabwe there were photographs of the president appearing several times and with the caption… ‘Zimbabwean presidents’,” the State alleged.
They were arraigned on February 5, after a report was made claiming the trio had used a school computer to photoshop the pictures.
Following their arrest, police officials reportedly went through Pwanyiwa’s mobile phone and discovered a WhatsApp message which read, “…president, isn’t it time to bid farewell to the people of Zimbabwe”.
The other one had the First Lady Grace Mugabe’s video at her Rushinga rally which was captioned, “havana shungu necollapse of economy” (she is not concerned about the collapsing economy).
According to court papers, Pwanyiwa also had a video in his mobile phone depicting Mugabe as a cruel man and another picture depicting Mugabe being kicked by a white man.
The video reportedly ends with Mugabe’s death.
The three, who are represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, have since been freed on $50 each. They will be back in court next Tuesday.