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    Rutenga man freed for insulting President Mugabe



    SYDNEY MUBAIWA
    MWENEZI BUREAU

    RUTENGA
    – A man from Rutenga Business Centre in Mwenezi has been freed by Chief Justice Chidyausiku after he was arrested for uttering words deemed to have undermined the authority of President Mugabe.
     Fortune Makonzo (32) appeared before the Constitutional Court last month.
    The State conceded that the charges preferred against Makonzo did not contain essential elements required to sustain it.
    Makonzo is said to have insulted President Mugabe while he was drinking with friends at a club at Rutenga.
    It was alleged that Makonzo in the company of friends on November 11, 2011, while at Rutenga National Railways' Club in Mwenezi uttered denigrating words against Mugabe saying he was too old to rule the country.
    He said the words while pointing at a clip on a television set in the bar.
    He was arrested in the club by intelligence officers.
    Makonzo was represented by David Hofisi of the Zimbabwe Lawyers of Human Rights.
    Chidyausiku then granted Makonzo an application for a permanent stay of prosecution.
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