Strange twist to Wadyajena-Grace Mugabe insult case


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The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Midlands provincial disciplinary committee has cleared Gokwe-Nembudzia legislator Justice Wadyajena of insulting First Lady Grace Mugabe at the just ended party annual conference in Victoria Falls though he is still facing criminal charges in court and is out on $800 bail.

Wadyajena was arrested soon after the conference and was remanded to 5 January.

He is accused of having insulted the First Lady by asking another party member, Jimayi Muduvuri, to remove her posters on his car and is reported to have uttered some unprintable insults.

The disciplinary committee said the allegations by Muduvuri were unsustainable. He was motivated to lie and misrepresent facts because he was interested in Wadyajena’s seat.

The committee said it did not understand why Wadyajena could have asked Muduvuri to remove the First Lady’s posters from his car because Wadyajena was one of the first to put the posters on his vehicles including the one that he was using that day.

“In light of the fact that Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena is one of the first people to brand his vehicles with the First Lady’s portrait including the one he was using on the day in question, it is our considered view that the allegations raised by Cde Jimayi Muduvuri that Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena asked him to remove the First Lady’s posters from his vehicle and or criminally verbally insulted anyone are devoid of any sense and are therefore unbelievable,” the disciplinary committee was quoted by The Herald as saying.

“This committee is inclined to suspect that Cde Muduvuri has his personal agenda against the accused person. If the alleged misconduct was committed at a public place, all things being equal, we should have received evidence from other persons confirming what Cde Muduvuri alleged.”

It is not clear whether the ruling will have any bearing on his criminal case.

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