By Mary Taruvinga
OPPOSITION Ideal Zimbabwe leader, Tinashe Jonasi, who landed in the dock for claiming President Emmerson Mnangagwa was bedding Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, had his application seeking referral of his case to Constitutional Court trashed.
Jonasi wanted his case to be referred to Con-Court on grounds that he did not commit any crime because freedom of speech is a constitutional right.
He also argued that Mnangagwa and other top politicians he implicated should challenge him before a competent court if they felt what he said is wrong.
But Harare magistrate ruled that he should have led evidence defending his reason for his application to have the case referred to the Con-Court.
“There is no statement of agreed facts from both the State and defense. The court is left with no option but to continue with the trial. It was incumbent upon the accused to lead evidence to support his application, but he did not. The application for exception is hereby dismissed,” ruled Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
Jonasi is facing a charge of undermining Mnangagwa’s authority.
He, according to the State, accused the President of infidelity and having a child with war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa’s wife.
The opposition leader argued that the State has no evidence against him, instead, demanding that Mnangagwa appears before the court to prove his innocence from the adultery claims.
It is the State’s case that, on the date unknown, Jonasi was invited for an interview on South African news channel, Afro Worldview TV Station.
“During the interview the accused insulted the President of Zimbabwe, the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Cde Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” read state papers.
Court heard that Jonasi said Mnangagwa has killed over 30 000 people.
He allegedly said he can prove Mnangagwa that he is a killer.
Prosecutors also allege that Jonasi claimed Monical stays in a hotel bankrolled by the Zanu PF leader and called vice president Constantino Chiwenga “a bleaching moron.”
Jonasi also allegedly gave Mnangagwa a six ultimatum to resign. It is alleged that the accused referred to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as a “bleaching moron” and demanded that he also resigns within the same time-frame warning the two they “would regret it” if they didn’t heed the warning.