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Man fined for poking Mugabe portrait
25/09/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
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IT does not pay to vent your anger at being unemployed on a portrait of President Robert Mugabe, a Chiredzi man learnt recently after he was fined US$150 by a local court.

Regis Kandawasvika, 33, was told he must pay the fine or go to jail for two months when he appeared before Chiredzi magistrate, Honest Musiiwa, charged with poking a portrait of the veteran president.

The court heard that Kandawasvika vented his frustration on Mugabe’s portrait during a beer drink at a local pub, blaming the Zanu PF leader for his failure to get a job despite passing his ‘O’ Levels.

Prosecutors said the incident occurred in October last year as Kandawasvika, who was said to be an MDC-T supporter, played a game of pool billiards with one Robert Madhamara, a Zanu PF supporter.

The court heard that an argument started between the pair with Kandawasvika, who had been given a bicycle by the MDC-T to help the party campaign for this year’s elections, mocking Madhamara.

Kandawasvika boasted that while he had been given a bicycle by his party, Madhamara, a Chiredzi town council employee, had nothing to show for backing Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

Madhamara however retorted that he at least had a job, telling Kandawasvika that he would not be able to repair his prized bicycle if it broke down since he was unemployed.

An incensed Kandawasvika then started throwing bottle tops at a Mugabe portrait hung on the pub wall and poking it with his cue stick.

He claimed it was Mugabe’s fault he could not find a job and vowed that the Zanu PF leader would not win elections held in July this year.

The one-man protest however ended swiftly after he was arrested by detectives who were also at the pub.


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