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OPPOSITION Viva Zimbabwe interim leader, Acie Lumumba, was Wednesday freed on $400 bail following his arrest on charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Lumumba, real name William Gerald Mutumanje, appeared in court answering to a charge of undermining the President’s authority after he allegedly insulted veteran leader with the F-word when launching his political party last week.

Prosecutors had opposed bail arguing that the former ruling Zanu PF party activist was behind ongoing protests around the country, adding he was likely to cause more unrest if released from custody.

The arresting officer, Detective Assistant Inspector Ivan Njanike also told court that Lumumba was likely to be jailed upon conviction as his offence was serious.

"Following his remarks, demonstrations started. If he is released he will join the protestors and the country will be at risk," said the police detective.

He added, "We also fear for his security.

“After carrying out my investigations, I found out that some of the people are not happy with what he said and may impose self-justice."

However, the presiding magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe asked why the State feared for Lumumba's life if he was powerful enough to direct Zimbabweans to go on strike.

Chikwekwe said the prosecution’s claims did “not make sense at all.”

Responding, Detective Njanike said that “although Lumumba was powerful, not everyone liked him.”

The officer also told court that Lumumba had connections outside Zimbabwe and was likely to flee if released.

"He told me that he once stayed in United States of America, the United Kingdom and South Africa; so he is a flight risk.

“He was also not aware of the gravity of his offence until he signed the warned and cautioned statement," said the police officer.

Lumumba handed himself to the police on Monday, three days after the alleged incident. He was subsequently arrested.

Defence lawyer, Ashiel Mugiya, said this proved that his client was not a flight risk.

"And can you tell me of anyone who was jailed for a similar offence?" Mugiya asked Njanike during cross examination.

Magistrate Chikwekwe ruled that the State had not provided sufficient grounds for bail denial and freed the activist on strict reporting conditions.


Oscar Madhume prosecuted.

Lumumba, who was not asked to plead is alleged to have said, "Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe f**k you! I am drawing the red line; our kids are in trouble so it’s a red line.

“I know my name is Lumumba Lumumba. I’m someone's child, a war veteran's child.

“Touch me? You can touch me but I hope you live long because, God forbid, if something happens and you leave, your kids will be touched too."

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