MSU student dragged to court for ‘insulting’ ED with WhatsApp status

MSU student dragged to court for insulting ED with WhatsApp status

A Midlands State University (MSU) student is battling to clear his name after he was arraigned before a Bulawayo court facing charges of insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Victor Majoni, 35, was arrested by the police after a Zanu PF official reported him to law enforcement agents for uploading a WhatsApp status insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Majoni applied for the charges to be dropped but a Bulawayo Provincial Magistrates ruled that sufficient evidence had been provided to the effect that he committed the offence.

A Zanu PF official Remigious Komboni who appeared as the state witness, said he had taken it upon himself to report the matter to the police after his warning to Majoni went unheeded.

“I was going through WhatsApp statuses on my phone one day and I saw the status on Majoni’s phone. I sent him a message to warn him that he was out of line, but he ignored my advice,” Komboni said.

“I approached the councillor and the Member of Parliament before I proceeded to the police.”

“He later told me that his nephew is the one who had uploaded the status,” Kombani added.

Majoni argued that he was Kombani disliked him for having a different political persuasion.

“The Constitution provides for freedom of expression. Whoever designed the post is the one responsible for that content,” Majoni’s lawyer told the court.

“According to my client, on several occasions, you uttered tribal slurs to him. You have threatened him with unspecified action.”

MSU student dragged to court for insulting ED with WhatsApp status

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