AN officer with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in Harare, Shungudzemoyo Kache, on Saturday appeared in court after he was arrested and charged for allegedly insulting and undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa by likening him to a “used condom”.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has revealed that Kache allegedly told one Stanley Mabhachi, who was wearing a scarf with the Zimbabwean flag colours, that President Mnangagwa is a “used condom”.
Kache’s lawyer Jeremiah Bamu of ZLHR told the court that his client was taken to Zanu-PF headquarters after he was arrested.
It is not clear what happened to him at the ruling party headquarters.
The ZLHR said that Kache has since been set free on RTGS$300 bail and returns to court on 22 June.
Shungudzemoyo Kache, a police officer, allegedly told Stanley Mabhachi who was wearing a scarf with the Zimbabwean flag colours that President Mnangagwa is a "used condom".
— ZLHR (@ZLHRLawyers) June 6, 2020
Cases of cops insulting President Mnangagwa have been on the rise.
Taison Hove (29), a police officer then based at Lupane Business Centre was arrested on January 3 this year after he allegedly said the Zanu-PF regalia was only fit for manual labourers out there in the fields.
Hove was made to appear before a Lupane magistrate with the additional charge that he had insulted President Mnangagwa and called that he be replaced by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
Last year, a police officer at Bulawayo’s Sauerstown Police Station got into trouble for posting a statement on Facebook that allegedly undermined the authority of President Mnangagwa.
Constable Pepukai Makwenjere was arrested on 5 February 2019 and charged with Contravening Section 48 of the Police Act, which bars serving officers from taking part in active politics.
He was also subsequently dragged before an internal police hearing at Southampton Building in Bulawayo. – Zimbabwe Voice