4 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Friday, 04 January 2013 - Issue 494

press release

The court case in which Hon. Elton Mangoma, the MDC Deputy Treasurer General and Minister of Energy and Power Development is facing flimsy charges of insulting Robert Mugabe was postponed today to 25 January at the Bindura Magistrates' Courts.

Hon. Mangoma was served with summons to appear at the Bindura Magistrates' Courts last on flimsy charges of undermining the Office of the President when he addressed an MDC rally in Mt Darwin last year.

The matter was postponed today after the State prosecutor notified Hon. Mangoma and the defence lawyers that the matter could not continue as the magistrate was involved in a car accident.

The MDC's position is that the arrest of Minister Mangoma is nothing but an attempt by Zanu PF using the State agents and the public media to frustrate and disrupt the operations of senior MDC officials in government.

The arrests, harassment and intimidation will not deter the People's Party of Excellence from pursuing its vision of transforming the lives of Zimbabweans in 2013.

The number of people who are being arrested for insulting Mugabe has swollen significantly over the recent months.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is representing over 50 individuals who have been dragged to court for calling Mugabe all sorts of names because of his misrule of the country and the economy.

The ZLHR says the organisation is concerned about the growing number of arrests involving the alleged undermining of the authority of Mugabe.

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