A ZANU PF supporter was on Wednesday fined $500 by the Chegutu magistrates court for calling the Minister of State for Policy Implementation and Chegut
u MP Webster Shamu a liar at a farmers’ meeting.
Passing judgement on Wednesday, magistrate Remigious Jemwa, said Forbes Mutsvangwa had violated the Miscellaneous Offences Act in the incident that occurred last year at Selous Tobacco Estate. Forbes is a brother of Zimbabwe’s ambassador to China, Chris Mutsvangwa.
The magistrate said the law “prohibits people from misbehaving in public or using foul language”.
Mutsvangwa, who had no legal representative, denied saying “the minister is a liar and is talking s…t” while under the influence of alcohol.
The accused in his defence said Shamu had told farmers that they should all grow tobacco and sell it to a certain white farmer, which he contested saying doing so violated the Tobacco Act.
In his judgement the magistrate said Mutsvangwa had said he was only making a modest contribution to the meeting, but Shamu had denied telling people to sell their tobacco to a third party other than the tobacco auction floors.
After examining submissions by both parties, the magistrate ruled that the accused person’s side of the story could not be trusted.