Lumumba hires Chamisa

HARARE - In a new twist to Acie Lumumba’s case of insulting President Robert Mugabe, the former Zanu PF youth leader appeared in court yesterday represented by MDC’s newly-appointed vice president — Nelson Chamisa.

Lumumba, whose real name is William Gerald Mutumanje, is facing charges of undermining the  authority of or insulting the president as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law.

He appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe.

Lumumba who was previously represented by Arshie Mugiya throughout initial remand proceedings, yesterday sought for a postponement to August 2, as Chamisa — who qualified as a lawyer last year — familiarises with the case.

Chikwekwe granted the postponement.

“Section 69 of the Constitution provides that an accused person has a right to choose a legal counsel of choice to achieve a free and fair trial,” Chamisa said.

“This is a very serious matter that requires a strong defence and we cannot afford to adopt a microwave approach to this case. There will not be prejudice to the court if accused person’s counsel is awarded time to prepare.”

Chamisa’ s assumption to Lumumba’s legal representation comes barely a week after the Viva Zimbabwe leader tore into Mugabe and challenged the nonagenarian to confront him personally about the insult.

“…Yes I said f**k you to Robert 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 that me 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 the 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 ten 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 be 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 and 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.”

Comments (5)

ihhh. zvakora muto chokwadi

kelly - 27 July 2016

fuck you mugabe

great zimbabwe - 27 July 2016

I also say f***k u mugabe again,,he deserve it

imatsotsi - 27 July 2016

33 days left old man be warned

KHULU DLODLO - 28 July 2016

The funny thing is that the respectable President Mugabe, always insults people [individuals and groups etc] and who has ever dared touch him. He is a monthful at times zvisingaiti. Not only insults but encourages his supporters to torture and to murderes. You should have listened to his recent Bindura speech, about crashing zvipfukuto zviri mukati menyu. This being said by the President of a country. ITS A SHAME.

Icho - 29 July 2016

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