Senator to appear in court for Mugabe song

bob_matibiliHARARE The trial of a Zimbabwean lawmaker facing charges of allegedly singing a song that insulted President Robert Mugabe (pictured) resumes tomorrow as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais party warns of a plot to decimate it ahead of polls next year.

Morgen Komichi, a senator from Tsvangirais MDC-T, is due to appear before a magistrate in Bindura on Monday on allegations of insulting Mugabe at a rally held in January.

Allegations against Komichi are that he denigrated Mugabe after he sang a song that likened the long-serving Zimbabwean leader to a dead

old donkey.

Komichi appeared before the Bindura magistrate two weeks ago and was given free bail. The MDC-T condemned what it said was an expansion in the persecution and prosecution of its leadership in a bid to decimate the party in Mashonaland Central.

Known Zanu (PF) activists in the province are known assailants, terrorizing MDC supporters on a daily basis and these have not been prosecuted, an MDC-T spokesman said last week.

He cited the case of Chief Kasekete of Muzarabani North who is allegedly stripping village heads of their positions and awarding them to known Zanu (PF) supporters and war veterans, most of whom tortured and murdered MDC-T supporters in the run up to the sham 2008 June elections.

Most known assailants in the Mashonaland provinces have been left to roam free and yet MDC members are arrested, prosecuted and persecuted

on flimsy charges such as singing a song at a rally, the spokesman said.

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