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Police boss Charity Charamba loses insult case

23/01/2018 00:00:00
by Court Reporter
Insult case collapses ... Charity Charamba

A POLICE officer who was last year dragged to the courts for allegedly calling the ZRP national spokesperson “an idiot” has been acquitted and reinstated in his job.

James Mabasa, 38, had been charged with allegedly insulting Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba.

He however, walked out of court Monday a free man and reinstated to his job after Harare magistrate Josephine Sande ruled that the State’s case was weak.

Ruled the magistrate; “There is no authenticity with regards to the suspected insulting message since it was never confirmed by the service provider.

“The message is also not clear to conclude that it was targeted at police national spokesperson.”

Prosecutor Oscar Madhume had claimed that Mabasa sent a message to a WhatsApp group denigrating Charamba.

The text reportedly read; “The police used to hold meetings with magistrates and other law enforcement stakeholders to map a way forward, reducing lawlessness, but now it’s the other way around now.

“The public have meetings with lawyers on ways to disregard police. The public relations office is headed by an idiot, who doesn’t know that she has to encourage the public to be compliant to the police.”

The message was allegedly distributed via WhatsApp on May 15 last year after which it was anonymously forwarded to CID Homicide.

State attorney Madhume said investigations established that the originating phone belonged to Mabasa. A follow-up was made, leading to the ZRP officer’s arrest.

Court also heard Mabasa was searched and the mobile phone used to send the message found in his possession while the offending text was also discovered in the phone.

It was claimed that Mabasa tried to destroy his phone by smashing it on the floor in an effort to get rid of the message. He was fired from work following his arrest.


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