MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa

6 Chamisa’s supporters arrested for ‘insulting’ police officers

The six allegedly insulted the police in Epworth on Sunday, accusing police officers of being President Mnangagwa’s dogs.

SIX MDC Alliance members in Epworth have been arrested after they allegedly insulted police officers and labelled them “Mnangagwa’s dogs”.

The suspects have been identified as Nobody Makoni (51), Batsirai Sora (33), Kudzai Sachiwo (27), Jacob Chigodora (32), Chipo Mungoshi (34) and Memory Chikodze (35).

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The six were arrested on Sunday in Epworth and yesterday appeared before Harare Magistrate Zvidzayi Mateko who released them on $5 000 bail each.

It is the State’s case that on Sunday in Epworth, where opposition activists had gathered for a meeting, the six insulted police officers saying: “Mapurisa imi murimbwa dzaMnangagwa. Munongoshandiswa muchafa muchitambura (you police officers are Mnangagwa’s dogs. You are being used, you will die poor).”

“When the accused noticed the arrival of the police, they dispersed and later regrouped,” part of the State outline read.

Makoni allegedly started insulting the police, accusing them of being President Mnangagwa’s dogs and the other accused persons “echoed the same words repeatedly towards the complainant and her colleagues.”

According to the court documents, the complainant is Tambudzai Dzumbunu, a police officer.

“The complainant felt insulted by the accused persons’ utterances and filed a report at the ZRP Epworth,” the statement further read.

The accused, who were represented by Noble Chinhanu of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, denied the charge.

The matter was postponed to December 14, 2021 for continuation of trial.

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