Senator in court over song

BINDURA-Police have hauled before the courts a non-constituency Senator for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Police from the Bindura Criminal Investigations Departments Law and Order Section last week charged Senator Morgan Komichi with undermining the authority of or insulting President Mugabe. The police allege that Komichi, the MDCs deputy organising secretary undermined and insulted President Mugabe by singing a song with the lyrics: Chimurume chagire chandifungisa dhongi rangu rakafa kare kare. The police deduced this to mean Graces husband reminds me of my donkey which died long long back, referring to President Robert Mugabe.

The police alleged that Komichi sang the song when he addressed a rally at Chiwaridzo Shopping Centre in Bindura on January 24, 2010. However, Komichi, who was granted free bail by Bindura Magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka on Tuesday denied ever singing such a song. The Senators lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said that even if his client had sung such a song with the lyrics Gire he would not have committed an offence because; Gire is not Grace Mugabe. Gire is a Shona adulteration of Gladys, Grace, Gracious, Girema and there was absolutely no reference to mean Grace Mugabe and no mention of President Mugabe.

Muchadehama gave notice that he would apply for refusal of placement on remand when Komichi appears in court next month on the basis that there were no reasonable suspicion that the non-constituency Senator committed an offence.

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