A Harare Police officer appeared before Harare Magistrate Dennis Mungosi for undermining the Authority of the President through a WhatsApp message he allegedly posted in a group comprising his workmates and causing dissatisfaction among police officers, The Herald reports.
A 31-year old Milton Murairwa who is stationed at Harare Central Police Station was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Barbra Mateko who remanded him to July 30 on $3 000 bail.
It is the state’s case that, Murairwa is a member of a WhatsApp group named Mbare Family posted a chat that said President Mnangagwa should go:
On July 7 this year, at around 6pm, he posted a message for a WhatsApp group of police officers stationed at ZRP Mbare. Murairwa posted that: “ED neteam yake must go, ndini Murairwa ndadaro, udzai vanhu vePI kana asingade kuenda ndoda kumuona (ED and his government must resign, tell that to the PI. If he does not want to go, I will see him in person).”
By posting the above message, Murairwa is alleged to have publicly and unlawfully intended to engender the feelings of hostility among the 46 members, who are also police officers, on the Mbare Family WhatsApp group against the President in person or in respect of his office.
Murairwa who was asked not to plead when he stood before Mungosi will be back in court on 30 July.