Lumumba freed on bail

HARARE - Viva Zimbabwe leader and former Zanu PF youth leader William Gerald Mutumanje aka Acie Lumumba, who is accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe, has been freed on $400 bail.

Lumumba, who is facing charges of undermining the authority of or insulting the president as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law, appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe yesterday.

He was arrested on Tuesday after he handed himself over to the police.

Chikwekwe ruled that bail is a fundamental right which must be accorded to every befitting suspect.

He said seriousness of an offence alone is not a valid reason to deny someone bail.

Chikwekwe said Lumumba is a suitable candidate for bail, considering that he did not flee from the court’s jurisdiction, ruling out fears that he could be a flight risk.

Lumumba was ordered to report once a week to the police, surrender his passport and to continue residing at the address he provided to the court, as part of his bail conditions.

According to State papers, charges against Lumumba arose on June 30 this year, when he was launching his political outfit at a local hotel in Harare.

The court heard that Lumumba addressed the people who attended the launch.

During his address, Lumumba referring to Mugabe reportedly said, “you have not been insulted, you are only insulted by protesters”.

“…Mugabe f**k you, I am drawing the red line our kids are in trouble so, it’s a red line…and my name is Lumumba, Lumumba, Lumumba…,” the court heard.

According to prosecutor Oscar Madhume, Lumumba went on to speak about Mugabe’s children, further stating that he is also somebody’s child.

“…a war veteran’s child…,” he reportedly said, adding that Mugabe’s children will be dealt with too.

“The investigating officer recovered a video footage from…ZBC and it can be produced as an exhibit.

“Evidence can be led from Tavengwa Makumucha and Moreblessing Musendo who were present and heard the accused committing the offence.

“The accused person (Lumumba) had no right to insult the person of the president,” part of the court papers read.

Lumumba was represented by Arshie Mugiya.

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