ED Critic Arrested Over Facebook Comments

Police have arrested and charged leader of the Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans’ Association (COZWA), Munyaradzi Shoko with criminal nuisance for allegedly posting some offensive statements on Facebook against the ZANU PF party leader.

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Shoko who is a known critic of President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa was yesterday arrested and detained at Harare Central Police Station and is yet to appear in court.

ZRP officers claim that between March and May this year, Shoko criticized Mnangagwa on Facebook when he posted that,

“At one time he beat up his own biological mother, he was later suspected for killing his own family head-boy. He was pinpointed for being the brains behind Ndebele 1980s scum. His name is generally associated with evil and devilish deeds. Today he is pleading for ur vote. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!.”

According to ZRP, Shoko’s statements were likely to create a nuisance and were likely to interfere with the ordinary comfort, peace or quietness of the public.

Shoko was also charged with public violence for allegedly participating in protests staged in Harare early this month over delays in announcing the results of the harmonised elections held last month.

Police further accused Shoko of being part of MDC Alliance party supporters who protested against delayed announcement of Presidential election results which reportedly resulted in the destruction of property and left six people dead after they were shot by some members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Shoko was also charged for allegedly assaulting Energy Mutodi, a ZANU PF member on 25 August 2017 at Holiday Inn Hotel in Harare.

He becomes the 34th person arrested in connection with the Harare CBD violence together with MDC Alliance Principal Tendai Biti, Costa Machingauta, Shadreck Mashayamombe and many others.

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