A man has been surprised after he was arrested by security operatives and charged to court for making insulting comments against the president on Whatsapp.
A government employee has become the latest person to fall foul of President Robert Mugabe insult charges after he was arrested for allegedly circulating a video on social media denigrating the 92-year-old leader, Newsday reports.
According to the report, Ernest Matsapa (46), who works for the Ministry of Agriculture in Nyanga, will appear at the Nyanga Magistrates’ Court on April 29 facing charges of criminal nuisance.
Matsapa has been accussed of sending an audio and visual message on WhatsApp with Mugabe’s photographs to a group named Nyanga Free Range.
“100 years dzirikushupa kusvika. Akavavarira kusvika kuma 90 chakuti, towards 100 unosvika wava chinhu chinonetsa vanhu kuchengeta. (He is struggling to reach 100 years. He fought hard to get into the 90s, but when he gets to 100, he will become a burden to the people around him),” part of the message read.
According to a State paper, the message suggests that due to his age, Mugabe was now old as his contemporaries had died and he was finding it difficult to gel with those around him.
“The audio and visual clip has the impression that the President Cde Robert Mugabe is incapacitate and has become a burden to the majority including his family due to diminishing responsibility,” part of the State outline read.
Matsapa will be represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights member Peggy Tavagadza.