Confront me, Lumumba tells Mugabe

HARARE - Former Zanu PF youth leader and Viva Zimbabwe president Acie Lumumba yesterday tore into President Robert Mugabe in court, challenging the nonagenarian leader to personally confront him over utterances that he made recently which attracted ‘‘insult’’ charges.

Lumumba, whose real name is William Gerald Mutumanje, is facing charges of undermining authority of or insulting the president as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law and appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe yesterday.

The vocal politician, represented by Arshie Mugiya, took to the witness stand yesterday before boldly defending his statement in an application for referral of the matter to the Constitutional Court.

“…yes I said f**k you to…Mugabe. He is a political party leader and I am too. I and him will exchange political differences and expressions,” Lumumba said.

“It is just an expression and can mean what you want it to mean at that time. If you deem…saying f**k you is an insult, it is just politics and we exchange expressions.

“I can say this court is f**king awesome, or I am f**king angry or I like f**king. The context in which I said it was an expression of displeasure in how the president has cheated this country for 36 years. It was my disapproval of president’s ability to keep his promise as per manifesto he presented.”

Lumumba blamed Mugabe for ignoring the plight of the people in this harsh socio-economic and political environment.

“…how he failed to meet the 10 goals pertaining the government blueprints in the name of ZimAsset, then I believe that the president has been f**king me for 36 years and us too,” he added.

“In politics he expresses himself too and just a few days ago he tore into opposition politicians and activists saying those who were not happy with how Zimbabwe is being run should simply go to countries where they are happy…now that is an insult.

“I believe in the Constitution of this country and that it protects my freedom of expression and allows me to be a free citizen of this country but my liberties are now being challenged.

“The president works for me and his job is to be answerable to me and I believe that we being here talking about this is a waste of time that the president should be busy creating jobs. If he feels that he was insulted he must come and face me!”

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.

Prosecutor George Manokore alleged that Lumumba addressed the people that 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.

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

The State will respond to Lumumba’s application next Tuesday before the magistrate makes a determination.

Comments (1)

Please, Lumumba was part of the very rot that he now claims to be fighting. All that happened is that he fell off the gravy train. If the problems inflicting Zimbabwe have been, as he says, for 36 years, then why is it just this year that he is taking a stand? Where was he for the last 10 years? Please Lumumba, it is you who needs to **** off!

obert - 24 July 2016

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