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AN NRZ employee was on Monday arrested for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe at Njanji Bottle around 1800 hrs in Mutare.

Linda Masarira of NRZ Quarters, appeared before magistrate Annia Ndiraya facing charges of insulting or undermining the authority of the president as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

She was remanded out of custody on free bail.

Prosecutor Douglas Mutiure told the court that Masarira allegedly told her supervisor Paymore Kamangira that the Zanu PF badge he was wearing was nonsense to her and President Robert Mugabe and party official called Esau were nothing to her but excrement.

Masarira is reported to have said: “Une badge reZanu PF, kwandiri nonsense, enda kuna Isau Mupfumi, enda kwaunoenda kwaari, enda kuna Mugabe, kwandiri matuzvi (you have a Zanu PF badge, to me it’s nonsense, go to Esau Mupfumi, go to him, go to Mugabe, to me its shit).

Masarira denied the charges saying she was framed by her detractors.

She is being represented by Lawyer Passmore Nyakureba of Maunga, Maanda and Associates who said his client had no case to answer and aised that State should proceed by way of summons.

Source : New Zimbabwe