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summon MDC MP on charges of insulting president Mugabe
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
June 30, 2011
Police in Bindura
have once again summoned Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP
for Epworth, Hon. Eliah Jembere for allegedly insulting and undermining
the authority of President Robert Mugabe.
on Monday 27 June 2011 served Hon. Eliah Jembere with summons to
stand trial on Thursday 30 June 2011 at Bindura Magistrates Court.
who had been removed from remand late last year was arrested last
year in Shamva, Mashonaland Central province for allegedly contravening
Section 33 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 by undermining
the authority of or insulting President Mugabe.
The police allege
that Jembere insulted President Mugabe when he addressed party supporters
at a constitutional awareness meeting by saying "Mugabe mudenga,
ZANU PF mudenga, vabatanidzei, roverai roverai pasi," which
the police interpreted as meaning to say "Mugabe up, ZANU
PF up, bring them together and drop them down."
Last year Bindura
Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura removed Hon. Jembere from remand on
the same charges of insulting President Mugabe after his lawyer
Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers Human Rights applied for refusal
of further remand.
Jembere, several MDC legislators and ordinary Zimbabweans have been
hauled before the courts on charges of insulting or undermining
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