Mugabe critics summoned before courts

By Folosi KaNdaba
A headmaster from Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North was this week summoned to a magistrate's court after he said Mugabe was old and medieval in outlook and should step down from power.

Mr Hlonzamandla Moyo made the outburst in a bus on his way to the school he heads.He said the remarks in the presence of the feared Central Intelligence Organisation who were in the bus.

The 46-year-old Moyo claimed Mugabe was the central striker in the destruction of the economy and it was now time for him to step down. He said Mugabe had presided over the death of the economy and he should appoint a white person to be finance minister, as whites had a better record at administering economic turnarounds.Zimbabwe has faced almost a decade of economic meltdown blamed largely on
Mugabe’s self serving policies. The octogenarian, leader, however, blames the problems on sanctions imposed by the West.

Moyo was remanded out of custody on free bail to 26 August, after the magistrate, Toindepi Zhou said there was no reason to continue keeping him in custody.

Last week a 22-year-old Bulawayo Polytechnic student was also brought before the courts for contravening sections of the electoral law after he used his mobile phone to take a picture of himself casting his ballot. He had allegedly written insults on the ballot, accusing Mugabe of hunting down the opposition and killing them. Two men were arraigned before a magistrates court in Bulawayo, after they again had insulted Mugabe and police commissioner Augustine Chihuri. They accused Chihuri of masterminding genocide and warned that after the opposition had assumed power, the two would be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

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