Court sets free man charged over Mnangagwa potrait

Source: Court sets free man charged over Mnangagwa potrait – The Zimbabwean

BULAWAYO Magistrate Rachel Mukanga has set free Wisdom Mkwananzi, a man who was arrested last week and charged with undermining authority of or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Magistrate Mukanga ordered Mkwananzi to pay $200 bail, report at Bulawayo Central Police Station once a week, reside at his given residential address and not to interfere with witnesses.

Mkwananzi was arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers on Friday 26 October 2018 and
charged with undermining authority of or insulting President Mnangagwa as defined in section 33(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 after he allegedly stated during a public hearing conducted at Rainbow Hotel in Bulawayo by the Commission of Inquiry into the 01 August 2018 killing of civilians, that he had been orphaned because the ZANU PF party leader had masterminded the killing of his parents during the Gukurahundi mass killings in the early 80’s.

The law enforcement agents alleged that the 32 year-old Mkwananzi, allegedly pointed at President
Mnangagwa’s portrait, which was pasted onto the wall during his testimony before the former South African leader Kgalema Motlanthe-led Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence and stated that “I am an orphan because of this man, he killed my parents.”

ZRP officers charged that by uttering such a statement, Mkwananzi, who was represented by Jabulani
Mhlanga and Tinashe Runganga of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), engendered a feeling
of hostility towards or caused hatred or ridicule of President Mnangagwa. Mkwananzi was also charged
with lying under oath as defined in section 10 of the Justice of Peace and Commissioners of Oaths Act
Chapter 7:09.

The police officers claimed that Mkwananzi unlawfully and intentionally supplied a false name to the
Commission of Inquiry after he allegedly told the probe team that his name is Siphatha Mandla, which is
different from the name, which appears on his national identity card. Mkwananzi also faces a third charge of assault as defined in section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, where ZRP officers alleged that he intentionally bit Luckmore Dube once on the right hand intending to cause bodily harm.

Mkwananzi was remanded out of custody to Tuesday 13 November 2018.


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    Bill Khomba 4 years ago

    Clearly the Zimbabwe police were quick to arrest Wisdom Mkwananzi. Why have we not seen the people, who gave the orders for the Gukurahundi mass killings, in the Zimbabwe courts. Is “undermining authority of or insulting President Mnangagwa” a grater crime than the Matabeleland murders?

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    Zviyo 4 years ago

    Just join the Zanupf publicly and disband Mdct . Yu clearly hav nothing to offer for this struggle. Yu and Gutu ar now spent and finished as Mdct. Yu can revive yo selfish careers by begging ED to take yu into his Zanupf. Otherwise even the next inauguration in 2023 who ever the winner will b, yu will not b even remembered fo an invitation. Yu will not b useful even ed. Trust me in the public political space yu hav bcome irrelevant madam. Quickly read the political situation and reposition yoself. It is either Zanupf or MDC A .Yu can deny all yu want but this is the stark reality.