Mnangagwa Gukurahundi-insult activist freed on $200 bail

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By Bulawayo Correspondent

A Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) activist, Wisdom Mkhwananzi who is facing charges of undermining and insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa as well as lying, through falsifying his name under oath, was on Monday granted $200 bail.

Bulawayo magistrate, Rachel Mukanga also ordered Mkhwananzi to report to CID law and order division in Bulawayo every Monday.

Mkhwananzi, who had initially identified himself as Siphathamandla Mafu, was also ordered not to interfere with state witnesses and to continue staying at his given address until the matter was finalised.

According to the state, on 26 October at Rainbow Hotel, Mkhwananzi insulted Mnangagwa while testifying during the commission of inquiry on the post-election violence which occurred in Harare August 1.

“While testifying during the commission of inquiry, Mkhwananzi pointed at the President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangangwa (portrait) which was posted to the wall and said in English language (I am an orphan because of this man, he killed my parents) thereby engendering a feeling of hostility towards or cause hatred, or ridicule of the president,” reads part of the state outline.

Mkhwananzi is also facing charges of contravening Justice of Peace and Commission of Oaths Act Chapter 7.09 “Lying under oaths” as well as assault charges.

“On 26 October 2018 at Rainbow Hotel, Wisdom Mkhwananzi unlawfully and intentionally supplied a false name to the post-election commission of inquiry as Siphathamandla Mafu which is different from his name which appears on his national identity card,” says the state.

Mkhwananzi is expected to be back in court on 13 November this year.

Tanaka Muganyi from Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights represented Mkhwananzi.

Muganyi accused prisons officials of being in contempt of court after they allegedly failed to take Mkhwananzi to the hospital as ordered by the magistrate during his initial court appearance on Saturday.

Muganyi told court that Mkhwananzi was severely assaulted following his arrest.

Violence rocked the post-election violence commission of inquiry in Bulawayo following protests by the pro-Matebeleland opposition activists over the holding of inquiry in the city while the Gukurahundi atrocities in which an estimated 20 000 civilians were killed in the region by the army, remained unresolved.