Zim Man Persecuted for Protesting against Partisan Distribution of Mnangagwa’s Agriculture Freebies

Zim Man Persecuted for Protesting against Partisan Distribution of Mnangagwa’s Agriculture Freebies

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A ZIMBABWEAN man has landed in trouble after he allegedly protested against the partisan distribution of some agricultural inputs sourced under a government-backed programme.

44 year-old Farai Chikazhe of Kamhau village under Chief Nematombo in Mashonaland West province was on Monday 14 November 2022 charged with undermining authority of or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa as defined in section 33(2)(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Prosecutors told Karoi Magistrate Terence Mashaire on Tuesday 15 November 2022, when he appeared in court for initial remand proceedings that Chikazhe was arrested for allegedly protesting against the partisan doling out of some agricultural freebies sourced under a govt-backed programme, wherein he questioned the removal of his name from a list of beneficiaries for Cottco presidential inputs.

Prosecutors claimed that Chikazhe acted unlawfully and undermined authority of or insulted President Mnangagwa, when he enquired why his name had been cancelled from a list of beneficiaries of farming inputs by uttering some derogatory words against the ZANU PF party leader during an altercation with a fellow villager, Clenergy Choto.

An incensed Chikazhe reportedly used some derogatory words and likened President Mnangagwa to a dog after he had been barred from accessing the free agricultural inputs.

Chikazhe, who was represented by Unite Saizi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was set free on ZWL30 000 bail and returns to court on 30 November 2022.

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