Mbuya Nehanda Statue Haunts Chinhoyi Prison Guard
18 June 2021

By A Correspondent-A Chinhoyi, prison officer has been arrested for denouncing Mbuya Nehanda statue which was erected in the capital city last month.

Peter Kudzai Mushonga is being charged for using “traitorous and disloyal” words regarding the President or the government.

He is being charged according to section 3(1) of the Prisons (Staff) (Discipline) Regulations 1984 (using traitorous or disloyal words regarding the President or the government) or alternatively “being guilty of any other act, conduct, disorder, or neglect of duty to the prejudice of good order or discipline”.

When he appeared in court last week, Mushonga was being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights lawyer Kudzai Choga.

The allegations were that Mushonga insulted Mnangagwa by posting a comment on social media platforms, which had a picture attached showing the President and traditional chiefs genuflecting to the statue of Mbuya Nehanda.

Mushonga is alleged to have commented that: “I wish all those kneeling in respect of the statue of the goddess go mad.”