A man, Nduma Matshazi, has been arrested for breaking insult laws in Zimbabwe. Matshazi, who is also a member of the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change, is accused of broadcasting a jibe aimed at President Robert Mugabe on Whatsapp. Trouble started for him when he mistakenly shared the message to a group of councillors for the rural district of Bubi in Southern Zimbabwe. The group administrator (names withheld) reported him to the police. According to The Chronicle, the message is a parody of the Lord’s Prayer in the Bible twisted to demean and attack the president. The man has been arrested and detained by the police. Where he is being held remains unclear.
Recall that Zimbabwe’s insult laws were declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2013 before Justice Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa (who is now vice president) said they were necessary and needed to stay in place.