Teen bailed over ‘Mugabe in freezer’ Facebook post

via Teen bailed over ‘Mugabe in freezer’ Facebook post | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo on Monday, January 20, 2014 

Police charged 18-year-old Gumisai Manduwa for posting a message on Facebook claiming that Mugabe had died and was being kept in a freezer.

A teenager who was arrested Thursday and accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe is out of custody after a Mutare magistrate granted him bail on Saturday.

Police charged 18-year-old Gumisai Manduwa from Odzi in Manicaland, with breaching the country’s criminal laws when he posted a message on Facebook claiming that Mugabe had died and was being kept in a freezer.

Mugabe’s health is a closely guarded secret, and until his reappearance Sunday many Zimbabweans had been speculating that he could be dead, given his advanced age and rumours that he has cancer.

Kumbirai Mafunda, spokesman for Zim Lawyers for Human Rights who represented the teenager, confirmed Manduwa’s release on $30 bail.

“As a lobby group we feel that the police are being overzealous by arresting people on allegations of undermining President Mugabe.

“The police should not be wrongfully targeting and arresting people for expressing themselves. This is a waste of State resources and we have seen more and more of these cases being thrown out by the courts,” Mafunda added.

Mafunda said Manduwa is the latest victim to be arrested for allegedly undermining authority or insulting Mugabe.

“In 2011, Bulawayo magistrate Rose Dube dropped the case against Vikas Mavhudzi, who was being charged with subversion because of an alleged post on Facebook. No evidence of the message could be found.”

 

 

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    Munun’una concentrate on important things in life. Don’t lie. Work with facts. Don’t do drugs!!

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      B.Mathe 8 years ago

      WHY ARE OUR KIDS HATEFUL OF THEIR PRESIDENT CAN WE ASK OURSELVES KUTI WHY? IS THIS NOT BEING CAUSED BY THE SUFFERING AND FRUSTRATION INSTILLED ON OUR YOUNGSTERS BY POOR GORVENANCE BY MUGABE SURELY HE MUST ASK HIMSELF WHY AS THE PRESIDENT. FOR HOW LONG CAN KEEP INTIMIDATING AND LOCKING UP THESE KIDS BEHING BARS IS HE NOT ASKING FOR TROUBLE IN FUTURE.LETS NOT MAKE OUR CHILDREN HATE US BECAUSE ONE DAY THEY WILL TURN AROUND AGAINST US AND IT CAN BE NASTY.HOW DOES BOB KNOW MAYBE EVEN HIS OWN CHILDREN HATE HIM AS MUCH CAN HE CHECK.I BET YOU HIS CHILDREN MUST BE ENQUIRING KUTI DO PEOPLE HATE YOU SO MUCH DAD

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    tinofiranyika 8 years ago

    ngaamuudze kuti unokuvara mwana uyo achiri mudiki zanu inouraya there is no freedom in zim

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    Clemence Munyukwi 8 years ago

    Unfortunate for this young fellow to express his wish and then get caught. Many a lot have been sharing the rumor in recent weeks but were fortunate to get away with it. All the young man should have said was he wished Mugabe was dead and his body kept in a freezer than to say it as if he had first hand information. This only serves to show Mugabe has out-lived his popularity hence this suppression of any discerning voices

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    THE GODS DONT DIE, THEY DISAPPEAR, GRANNDSON!

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    furedi 8 years ago

    That young boy could be right after all. The 29sec. video is from Sabina Mugabe funeral.Just google Sabina Mugabe funeral and you will see same clothing as well.

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    CLIVE SUTHERLAND 8 years ago

    Why would you put rotten goods in a freezer?

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    I don’t think this young man is wrong by insulting head of state, is just following uncle bob’s foot steps, its very rare for uncle when is at any gathering/ funeral to finish his speech without insulting other head of state or tsvangirai. Vana vanenge vachiona kana kunzwa. Rimwe gore mukadzi aipopotedzana nemurume wake mumba mune vana nenyaya yekuti baba vanga vabva harare vasina grocery, izvi hazvina kufadza mukadzi akatanga kuyukira murume, basa rekupedzera mari mumahure. Mumwe wemwana hana kuziva kuti hure munhu kadzi nzenza, akafunga kuti rure chinhu chinodyiwa chinonaka chaizvo. Izvi hazvina kubuda mupfungwa dzemwana akazoti vava pachiteshi baba vapinda mubhazi, akadedzera bye bye baba kana makudzoka musazokanganwa nditengerawo hure one. Baba namai vakanyara zvikuru. So this young man he always see/ watch every time bob insult tsvangirai/mabritish madzimai nenababa vanoombera nekupururudza, kuratidza kuti bob is doing a very good thing and has never been questioned/arrested abt insults, bcause thats his right to say what he thinks abt other people, so as to this boy to say what he thinks abt bob thats his right. Vakuru musati kana makurirwa pazvitsvinyo mosungura imbwa dzenyu kuti dzirime vakukurirai.

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      Mujibha thanks for your accurate observation. I do not recall when I last heard Mugabe give a valuable speech relevant the sorry state of our nation. All he does is insult all and sundry as if that will bring food to the table. It is as if he is not even aware that Tony Blair and George Bush left office a long time ago. He never says anything constructive yet he finds it necessary to punish an 18 year old for what is obviously a joke. Pathetic, primitive and tragic.

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    He is just an uncultured,confused,popularity seeking brat.A good spanking, and then off for national service.

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      He is not uncultured. He picked up a rumour that had been seculating for a while. If this youngster is uncultured, what do you say about Mugabe who is always insulting other people at every opportunity he gets? Primitive perhaps? Barbaric maybe?

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    He didn't say RG Mugabe 8 years ago

    Maybe the young man meant the sister. They should ask him. And his friends might have sold him to the police.

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    @Ruramai .Uncultured,definately.
    Since when do u have the little boys in your clan announcing the death of the patriarch?.Nonsense.
    If it was my kid sayin such things about Morgan,I would kick him

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    Ruramai 8 years ago

    Murimi, he didn’t announce any death because there was no death. He joked about an issue that has been joked about for years for the simple reason that our president is old and unpopular.

    I repeat the question; what do you say about a president who is always insulting other people who include opposition party members and foreign heads of state in full view of the word which includes your children and mine? What lessons are they meant to draw from it?

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    @Ruramai.A joke?It was a statement of fact.He thot he could score marks and become the next facebook sensation, with over a hundred thousand likes.
    The little fool got what he deserved.
    As for the pres scoldin the west & the tsvangisons,they had it coming.He is expressing his views against an arrogant lot,who cunningly impose sanctions on the country,while labelling them targeted.
    If I may ask,on what platform was he supposed to air his views?

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    murimi wanhasi i thought u were a wise man, who can see and analize what is around him, without favour, but u r not, u need yo take off those blingers. how could u say zimbabwe is on sanctions, yet every zimbabwean/business people can still sale or buy their staff from other countries, except uncle bob and his squad. anyway r u trying to tell us that your sekuru is failing to feed the nation bcause of sunctions on zim. if that what u r saying Rhodesia, was on sanctions plus war but none of us notice any change bside just war. we still had clean water, harare hospital was in full operational, saint andrews [parerenyatwa] the same, salisbury united new buses after every 2 or 3yrs, agriculture, ever green throughout the whole year, urburn areas ever clean no sewage everywhere, milkman use to deliver milk right at your door, where is now, education better than what it is today and much cheaper for parents, industry always florishing and always get payed the very day u agreed with the employer, cold storage i remember my use to say go and nyama ine mab, where is it now? so r u telling me all these things have gone bcause of sanctions as u claim it. can u pls tell me just one thing what mugabe did to the country besides destroying agriculture. my friend there is still time for u to take off those blingers and to see that u r naked and dress up

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    @Mujibha.Understand that the colonial system was designed to prop up the interests of the few.
    Credit must be given to the government for successfully intergreting the majority into the mainstream economy without really upsetting the “good times”
    Balancing populist socialist and Marxist policies with the market realities,was never going to be easy,hence the adoption of ESAP,which some say accelarated our demise.
    Another major bump was the 1997 payouts.
    Other than that,Mujibha,can u really say we were suffering up to 2000?
    Look at RSA.20years on.
    Who had more progress after 20yrs of independence,us or them,excluding tech innovations brought in by the internet.?
    So where did we go wrong?
    I go back to the land invasions of 2000.Thats when the cardinal sin was committed,and we have been paying for it since then.
    We got infected then,and all that u r seeing now are just the symptoms.

    I cannot defend corruption or the rot in some parastatals,but the blame for our predicament includes those reprisals from the west

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    Murimi wanhasi, yes u r right that colonial system wad designed to prop the interest of the few, this is why we went to war. Payouts- who is to blame, i still is the president. Why? He is the head of state with all powers to sanction/stop what he thinks is right/wrong for the country, like those payouts, he knew/very much aware that was going to destroy the economy, why did he let those payouts go ahead? He only give in to hunzvi, he is the one who was leading them war vets. Why bob did that i don’t know. Progress, compring to was left by smiths regime, i don’t we r better than south africa. As a free zimbabwe, which is rich in minerals and agricultural i think if it was’nt corruption we were suppose to be far far much better than south. Were did we go wrong, corruption, who is to blame? Again bob. I don’t know if u remember what happened with willowgate

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    With kangai under gmb, jonathan and munangagwa tsholotsho saga, ignatious chombo all his wealth, isau mupfumi x police officer. Not forgetting gono. What happened to those corrupt people? Nothing. Instead of punishing them president joined them in their corrupt activity. If i may ask you when land ivasion kick start do u still remember the word/words from him, we r not chasing aware these farmers, what we r simply

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    Saying is one farm to a family if u do have two give the other to the government for resetlement. And what happened did those landless people get anything out of it? Just a few. And how many farms he himself his family got. If I’m not mistaken over ten. Why? If you say I’m wrong by acussing him to be part of corruption, just check his current cabinet some of those people have been there since 1980, and they underperfoming. Whats that? Corruption. Are u telling me that in zanu pf they r no young people who can b ministers and tackle some of our problems. Panyaya yeminda yes he was right kuti ape vasina pekurima pekurima. Asi nzira yacho yaakashandisa kana yaari kushandisa ndiyo isiriyo. Huori. Shoko rangu rekupedzisira murimi hongu ndinoziva kuti tinofanira kuziva history yedu, asi tikada kuramba tichitaura history tinoita hweIsrael neplestine

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    Hondo isingapere. mugabe dai akachengeta shoko rake rekutanga kuyi zimbabwe ndeyemunhu wese mutema kana muchena tinga dai tisiri mumadhaka atiri nhasi. Mugabe should stop whatever is going on in zim including changing some of his current policies and along with international policies that will make life much easier for zimbabwe in terms of development and investment.