21 January 2013

Zimbabwe: State Opens Fresh Charges Against Matebeleland South Youth Chair

press release

Fresh charges have been opened against Morgan Ncube, the MDC Matabeleland South Youth Assembly chairperson on allegations that he likened Zanu PF leader, Robert Mugabe to a baboon. Ncube was arrested in Beitbridge last year on charges that he had told MDC supporters on 2 June at Stanmore in Gwanda that Mugabe was like a baboon.

He was taken to Plumtree magistrates' courts where he was remanded in custody for more than two weeks. The magistrate, Stephen Mavhuna denied Ncube bail on the grounds that he was a threat to national peace and was likely to cause riots with such Mugabe jibes.

Ncube was later given bail and was acquitted at the same courts last October.

However, Ncube was surprised when on Saturday, 5 January he received summons from the police informing him to appear at the Plumtree courts to answer to the same charges again. Ncube believes that the charges are nothing but an attempt by Zanu PF using the State machinery to frustrate his political ambitions. Ncube is a councillor in Beitbridge.

In Masvingo, Walter Mzembi, the Zanu PF MP for Masvingo South has threatened MDC Masvingo provincial spokesperson, Hon. Harrison Mudzuri for exposing him in the media for unnecessarily interfering in the affairs of Renco Gold Mine in Masvingo South.

Hon. Mudzuri said Mzembi phoned him last weekend and threatened him and said that he should retract the comments he made in the media exposing harassment of workers at the gold mine. Early this month, Mzembi held a meeting with the workers at the mine and threatened to fire them if they support and vote for the MDC in the next elections.

Hon. Mudzuri said he will not stop coming to the aid of MDC supporters when they are being harassed by a desperate Zanu PF member who is sensing heavy defeat at the hands of the MDC in the next elections.

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