WhatsApp Status Lands Man In Court

WhatsApp Status Lands Man In Court || A Bulawayo man appeared in court over a WhatsApp status of a video whose contents allegedly insulted President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The video was of a cartoon character allegedly insulting Zimbabwe’s president. has learnt that Victor Majoni (35) who is a manager at Mandalay Farm in Umguza appeared before Bulawayo Provincial Magistrate Shepherd Mjanja on Tuesday. Majoni is facing allegations of insulting/undermining the authority of the President.

Majoni was arrested by the police when Zanu-PF secretary for Administration youth league for Ward 8, Remigious Komboni reported the matter.

Komboni appeared as a witness in court and testified that he does farming activities in Umguza at a farm next to the one where Majoni is employed. Consequently, the two are in several WhatsApp groups and usually communicate via the platform.

Komboni said Majoni posted the insulting video on his WhatsApp status a few days after President Mnangagwa called for a day of prayer and fasting for the country. Komboni said:

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I was going through WhatsApp statuses on my phone one day and I saw the status on Majoni’s phone. I sent him a message to warn him he was out of line but he ignored my texts. I thus approached the councillor and the Member of Parliament before I proceeded to the police. He later told me his nephew is the one who had uploaded the status.

Majoni’s lawyer Nqobani Sithole of Ncube Attorneys accused Komboni of abusing his authority as someone who has access to the councillor and MP. He said his client was innocent as he had not created the cartoon character. Sithole pleaded with the court to drop the charges.

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Sithole was ordered by Magistrate Mjanja to submit in writing, an application for discharge at the close of the State case by October 19 and that the State responds by October 22.

The magistrate said he will deliver his ruling on November 9 after Mujoni finishes writing his examinations at Midlands State University.

The State case, according to prosecutor George Rufumoyo, alleged that the video uploaded by Mujoni had the following contents:

Mr Mnangagwa don’t place me away from God as you see I laughed as I saw this video instructing Zimbabweans to fast for days while praying, people are already fasting, they are hungry in their homes because they have nothing to eat. Which other fasting are you talking about, grow up. Do you ever think before talking or you are referring to the elite who feast every day. We saw on social media that your son bought a new aeroplane, those are the people you should tell to fast. Visit Mbare Musika and rural areas, people are sleeping on empty stomachs.

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