4 in court for booing First Lady

Dr Mugabe

Dr Mugabe

Codelia Mondela Court Reporter—
Three men and a woman from Bulawayo have been taken to court for allegedly booing First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe at the zanu-pf Presidential Youth Interface Rally held last Saturday at White City Stadium. Mabutho Lucky Moyo (32) of Lobengula, Mayibongwe Evans Zvigadza (28) of Barbourfields, Walter Sibanda (24) of Tshabalala and Dephine Dzvange (33) of Nketa 7 were allegedly being led by former zanu-pf Bulawayo Central District chairman Magura Charumbira who was at large.

A court heard that they allegedly sang and made gestures throwing hands in the air after the First Lady said Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was being persecuted for nothing. The quartet, which is facing a charge of undermining the authority of the President, is represented by Mr Tanaka Muganyi of Muganyi Law Chambers.

They were remanded in custody to today for bail ruling by Bulawayo magistrate Mr Franklin Mkhwananzi. Representing the State, Mr Jerry Mutsindikwa said the rally was attended by President Mugabe as the Guest of Honour, Vice President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other top Government officials.

“The quartet with others allegedly sang the song ‘Into oyenzayo siyayizonda’ (We hate what you are doing) at White City Stadium when Dr Grace Mugabe was addressing the gathering,” Mr Mutsindikwa said. He said the accused made hand gestures as they booed the First Lady.

zanu-pf youths later intervened and took Charumbira out of the Stadium, and as they booed the First Lady, the quartet was spotted by police officers on duty, the court heard. In opposing the accused’s application for bail, Mr Mutsindikwa said they were likely to abscond. He said the State also feared that the accused might interfere with witnesses as some potential witnesses’ statements have not yet been recorded.

In response, Mr Muganyi said it was the quartet’s constitutional right to be granted bail. He said the State had no compelling reasons to deny them bail. “What the State has pushed for are speculative thoughts. They are no solid reasons to suggest the accused might abscond court. The four are willing to agree to a condition that they should not attend any interface rally in future,” he said.

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  • The Preacher

    Oooh my God! Has our country sunk so low? This was a political rally and the one who was booed is not the president but his wife who has no constitutional standing! Why are the gods so angry with us? It seems we are condemned to darkness. Van Nehanda vakatitsamwira zvesure. We have known only one leader all our life, he wants to rule until he dies. We never really got employed, now people are getting arrested because of booing a mere wife at a rally!

  • how ?

    did they actually undermine the authority of the president, by doing what exactly?

  • Pastor Farie

    I feel for the Ndebeles, this whole thing will just open the wounds of the Mnangagwa era of the mid eighties. By trying to punish ED you are busy insulting his victims. Someone somewhere is WRONG.

  • tendai muliza

    May the President`s Office and the Government look into the huge outstanding Tax Bill that Mayor Justice Wadyajena owes ZIMRA. He used to boast around telling people that he won`t pay any Taxes since Mnangagwa was in his corner. May the Government withdraw all the fuel contracts he has with Sakunda Energy.

  • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

    The thug in the White House – Donald Trump – who is the most powerful President in the world is booed as a matter of course. Our own President does not want to be booed.

  • Cecil Roars

    Is booing in general a crime? Fans always boo their players and Mr Tsvangirai gets booed quite often. Are laws specifically for the first family?

  • Cdeoj

    kana ngoma yoririsa yode kupaduka… this is sheer stupidity and madness

  • Mopao General Mbezo

    Aaaaah hazvitonyadzisi here izvi…? Zvinonyadzisa izvi…..!