Innocent vendor charged for insulting President Mnangagwa

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A man appeared before Harare magistrate on Saturday after reportedly shouting unprintable words to the effect that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was incapable of running Zimbabwe, Daily News report.

Norman Machipisa charged with contravening section 41(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) for disorderly conduct.

He was granted a $20 bail and ordered not to interfere with witnesses and continue residing at his current address until the case is finalised.

Machipisa is a full-time street vendor who operates from Corner Second Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in Harare.

He was heard shouting on top of his voice saying: “Mnangagwa im***a haagone kutonga nyika”, loosely translated to mean Mnangagwa has no capacity to rule the country.

Previously in Zimbabwe, people who insulted the president and his office were charged under section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act).

But this was contested on the basis that the section infringed on the right to freedom of expression.

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