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I’m not an idiot: Charamba

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)

Charamba was testifying in the trial of James Mabasa, 38, who is being charged with contravening the Post and Telecommunications Act by sending offensive messages over the phone and obstructing the course of justice by destroying a phone that carried the offensive texts.

He appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande represented by Arshiel Mugiya.

The State alleged that on May 15, detectives from CID Homicide Harare received an anonymous Whatsapp message allegedly denigrating Charamba’s office and her personality.

The message read: “The police used to hold meetings with magistrates and other law enforcement stakeholders to map a way of reducing lawlessness but now it’s the other way round. The public now has meetings with lawyers on ways to disregard the police. The public relations office is headed by an idiot who does not know that she has to encourage the public to be compliant with the police.”

It was alleged that Mabasa was immediately arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station.

While being interviewed in connection with the message, Mabasa allegedly grabbed his Techno tablet and smashed it onto the floor, resultantly damaging it.

According to State papers Mabasa did so intending to destroy evidence linking him to the offence and was consequently charged with obstructing the course of justice.

Charamba said: “From my understanding, the term idiot means an imbecile, a person of low thinking, an ass, a moron, an irresponsible person of which I do not regard myself as such.

“It means a person is mentally retarded and under the PTC Act, no one is allowed to send such offensive messages. That really annoyed me and I was getting phone calls from my relatives and friends asking me why I had been called an idiot.”

Charamba said she came to know about the message after an officer commanding Traffic Mujanga leaked the information which had been posted to a Whatsapp group by Mabasa.

After reading the message Charamba had to assign her deputy, Paul Nyathi, to file a report on her behalf before Mabasa was suspended from work over the allegations.

“Mujanga told me that there was a message circulating on Whatsapp in which I had been labelled an idiot. I asked to see the message to verify if I was the one being referred to and realised that I was the one,” added Charamba.

“I am not a person of low thinking otherwise I would not have been in that position of chief of staff press and public relations in the police.”

However, Mugiya argued that Charamba was not the only person who holds the title of public relations officer in the force and said there was a possibility that the message referred to someone else.

He said his client was not responsible for the alleged message arguing “he was equally baffled that the State alleged so”.

Mugiya further refuted claims that Mabasa had destroyed his phone to conceal evidence saying no receipt had been issued to show that there was a phone being held as an exhibit.

The matter was postponed to October 30 for trial continuation. Daily News

  • @matigary @GomoDubi vanhu vanonzi ana Charity chii chaizvo? Has she lived a life which proves she is… https://t.co/FbFrkpWEs0

  • JUSTFY YOURSELF CHARAMBA VANHU VARIKUCHEMA NEMASHANDIRO EPOLICE CHII CHAURIKUITA

  • Mxxxxxxm its all pussy ,,, I says now u are a really really idiot fucken moron just go to hell

  • Pfutsekiii kumhata kwako urimbwa ,,,,’ Pasi nezvimbwasungata

  • vanhu vezanu ava moyo yavo yakaomarara

  • You a big one amai

  • There is no better description for you than that.

  • i still believe you are an IDIOT. prove me wrong.

  • Tese tozviziva kuti uri idhiyoti cheriti

  • You are

  • Saka I will be charged if I call her idiot?

  • Haiwawo personal kutiko

  • She is one such idiot

  • A whole National Police Spokesperson who doesn’t know, “don’t repeat a negative statement”.Now media… https://t.co/FTf33hOKmW

  • Really?? You should be because an idiot is exactly what yu are!

  • You are an idiot , why posing with a clean servicemen who do not preach corruption like you & your organization?

  • If you are not an idiot then why do you act like one?Impersonation of idiots make people think that you are one of them.

  • Paunotumira mapurisa kunorova vanhu unoti we dnt feel demeaned here kwana iwe

  • yes you are

  • At least that junior officer was honest with you. …

  • Simply because you remove your eyebrows only to redraw them in an upward direction proves that you are a certified idiot. Deny it a million times but you will remain the idiot in-chief.

  • Brains with spikes’ idiot’

  • What an idiot!!sue me

  • You should accept criticism you idiot

  • thats wat happens wen the tenets of professionalism are subverted

  • You such an idiot! Best word ever to describe you! Mxii

  • U are stupid asshole

  • NXAAA IDIOT

  • She is not an idiot only but imhata also

  • But looks like one.

  • Lethal Sansole

    He is right charamba is a complete idiot who would not be employed in zany other police force in the world

  • you’re an idiot

  • Fox

    This is crazy. There is nothing wrong in calling someone an idiot. You may disagree with that person calling you an idiot but those are not grounds for arrest. Its called freedom of expression, IDIOT !!

  • Comrade Mabunu Adzoka

    The mere fact that you are dragging your surbodinate to court because of watsapp chats shows you are an imbecile, you have a very influencial positiion in the force which you could have used to make life bad for your victim, why not just reassign him to Binga to chase for cattle thieves and you solve the problem carefully and amicably, its called savvy, you do not need a PHD in order to think Charity you are a disgrace . Now everyone will begin to scrutinise you . but again you dont learn anything coz you are a dandahead owing your position to your bedroom antics with whoever promoted you.

    • Samanyika

      Well said!
      Charity is first degree IDIOT

  • hoo.tazvihwa

  • You are a glorified idiot just like your boss Augustine Chihure and all your seniors in government

  • You are a glorified idiot just like your boss Augustine Chihure and all your seniors in government

  • You are a glorified idiot just like your boss Augustine Chihure and all your seniors in government

  • What takes idiocy from you Charity?

  • What takes idiocy from you Charity?

  • What takes idiocy from you Charity?

  • So someone who supports ZANU PF since the days of Maurice Nyagumbo and Edison Shirihuru feels deeply offended when called a f********g idiot. Ooh OK.Sorry.

  • Hei !!!!!!! zvakaoma

  • You’re a pigeon.

  • Ko uri idiot here? Why are you worried like as if?

  • Benzi haridi kuudzwa kuti rinopenga

  • You probably have both quantitatively and qualitatively proven it for someone to reach that conclusion. Honestly if NOT what are you then.

  • when the zebra says , I don’t have stripes

  • IDIOTIC

  • IDIOT!!

  • These comments 🙌🙌🙌

  • Hah zvakaoma chokwadi ha chero kurohwa nevanhu akafamba asina anomu guarder angafa kuvengwa here uku munhu wese kungoti idiot hhhhh pakaipa chimuregererai vanhuwe

  • Idiot remains idiot

  • indava vanhu havachacha mupurisa varemekedzei

  • Diva Dollar

    I can second that, charity charamba is an idiot. Ndini ndanyora, come get my phone!

  • ZimMatata

    Can she prove that she is not an idiot?

  • it’s all a matter of opinion

  • Rwendo

    It seems foolish to publicize what sounds like a reasonable criticism of a PR deficiency in your own office just to get at someone, a criticism we would not otherwise have heard of. It seems irresponsible to not defend the policies and conduct of your office and focus on just the one word about yourself. Finally, “I’m not an idiot!” sounds like something a preschooler (or MP) would say..

  • An idiot will be always idiot , anyway u are an idiot period

  • I still insit that the police officer’s diagnosis of her was 100% correct.

  • guys are yu saying IDIOT or IDHODHI???

  • I still insist that the police officer’s diagnosis of her was 100% correct.

  • Charity prove to that person that you are not an idiot. Can you do that? I doubt, instead you will prove him right that you are indeed an idhodhi

  • As if an idiot accepts that she is an idiot.