Former Zanu-PF Manicaland youth leader Mubuso Chinguno has appeared before senior Mutare magistrate Tendai Mahwe facing criminal insult charges.
Chinguno allegedly broadcasted an audio message on social media, which impaired the reputation of Cabinet ministers and some party officials. District public prosecutor Tirivanhu Mutyasira said Chinguno’s message impaired the dignity of officials who include Defence Minister and Zanu PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri; Minister of Provincial Affairs for Manicaland Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba; Chipinge South legislator Enock Porusingazi; former Zanu-PF Manicaland Political Commissar Simon Mapfumo and Zanu-PF Manicaland Women’s League chairperson Happiness Nyakuedzwa.
Chinguno alleged that the quartet was working together with former Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to influence the outcome of the district coordinating committee (DCC) elections. Said Mutyasira:
Chinguno also alleged that the complainants were planning to replace Mike Madiro with people aligned to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
His actions portrayed the complainants as factionalists thereby seriously impairing their dignity.