Man who named his dog Mugabe faces lengthy jail term

A Zimbabwean vendor, Misheck Kaguru, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours in Masvingo complained bitterly that he named his dog after Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe.

It was gathered that the complainant reported the case at Masvingo Police Station, last Saturday, after which the vendor was arrested and detained. However, it was gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a clever move by the suspect.

The vendor, said to be trading in female wears at a popular market in Masvingo, allegedly directed his friends secretly to kill the dog and bury it in order to avoid being implicated.

It was gathered that consistent appeals by his friends and relations for the police to grant him bail failed as the complainant and his kinsmen reportedly threatened to kill the vendor if he was released on bail.

The case, however, took a different dimension two days later when Misheck’s relatives went to Masvingo police station to further plead for his bail only to be informed that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Harare.

A relation to the suspect, who simply identified himself as Chiedza, told newsmen that her brother was being persecuted for no just cause and expressed fears that he may either be poisoned inside police cell or thrown into jail.

Chiedzasaid: “Misheck is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named it Mugabe.

Unfortunately, some Zanu PF youths, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention and connived to take him up. The complainant then claimed it was derogatory” Police sources, however, revealed that the actions of the suspect “were very provocative.”

The source said: “he not only named the dog Mugabe but boldly out a signage at his gate which said “Beware of Mugabe.”

As at press time, relations to the suspect were still making frantic efforts to effect his bail while his accusers are insisting that he must be prosecuted.

When asked about the whereabouts of the dog that will be used as evidence against the suspect, the police spokesman said: “The dog cannot follow anybody except the owner. We will use him as our evidence because he did not deny it.”

Source : Online

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