Police overzealous says AG

HARARE - Zimbabwean police were left with a lot of egg on their faces after the Attorney General refused to prosecute a businessman whom police allege shouted insults undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe. Comoil managing director, Tichaona Beverly Muchabaiwa, was arrested last wee

k by police officers manning a cash search and seizure operation in Mazowe on allegations of resisting arrest under tough security laws which bar any remarks “undermining the authority or insulting” the 82-year-old leader. He was charged under the Criminal Law Codification Act. The AG however threw out the case saying the exact words he is alleged to have uttered were not abusive but a mere expression of opinion. Branding the police action “overzealous,” law officer Lawrence Phiri said there was no element of insult. “I am failing to understand where the insult was,” the law officer said. “That is why the police have not bothered to disclose the exact utterance. All they simply wanted was to create an imagination that the President had been insulted,” he said. – Own correspondent

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