Zimbabwean gets a year’s hard labour for insulting Mugabe

Eyewitness News are reporting on Saturday that a poor Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to a year in jail with hard labour for calling President Robert Mugabe old and wrinkled.

According to state media the sentence was imposed on 23-year-old Gift Mafukaby a magistrate in his home town of Chipinge.

According to the report Gift had asked two boys wearing t-shirts of Mugabe why they wanted to wear the picture of somebody old and wrinkled when Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was set to the president in waiting and Mugabe was on his way out.

His reward was a year hard labour of which he’ll probably serve ten months.

This comes amid concerns over renewed attacks on freedom of expression in Zimbabwe.

Authorities banned the work of Bulawayo artist Owen Maseko last week and an exiled radio station said the authorities had jammed their shortwave news broadcasts.
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