‘Naked’ Mugabe picture lands another Zimbabwean in court

The  joke picture of a ‘naked’ Robert Mugabe that got Shantel Rusike arrested

By Alex Bell
09 January 2013

A joke picture of a ‘naked’ Robert Mugabe has once again seen a young Zimbabwean face criminal charges, after the image was shared on a mobile chat application.

A 20 year old Bulawayo woman, Shantel Rusike, was arrested on Christmas Eve after sharing the image with a colleague, who then reported Rusike to the police.

Rusike was held for four days over the festive season before being brought before Magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa in the Bulawayo Magistrates Court on 28th December 2012. She was charged under the Criminal Law Act for allegedly ‘undermining the authority of or insulting the President’.

The picture, which shows Mugabe’s face on a naked body, was first shared before his 87th birthday in 2011 and has been shared multiple times on social networking platforms. The picture is accompanied by the caption: “Happy 87th Birthday (Operation Matibili).”

Rusike was released on US$100 bail and will be back in court on Friday.

The case against Rusike comes less than a year after Zimbabwean Benias Madhakasi was arrested and jailed for about four months after he was found with the same picture on his phone. He was arrested in Beitbridge in April and charged under the Criminal Law Act. He was only freed in July after the High Court threw out all the charges he was facing.

SW Radio Africa’s Bulawayo correspondent, Lionel Saungweme, said the case “hinges on the prosecution’s conviction that merely showing Robert Mugabe naked is insulting to the President.”

He said the situation reflects ZANU PF’s paranoia ahead of elections, with the party expected to use whatever measures it can to clamp down on what it believes are ‘dissenters’.

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9 Responsesto “‘Naked’ Mugabe picture lands another Zimbabwean in court”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    This is dehumanizing and insulting to the person of R.G Mugabe. It is no wonder Shantile Rusike dresses herself decently so that we do not see her clitoris or vulva in public. It does not mean she does not have one, a big one for that matter but it will be for the preservation of her sense of privacy and decency. And that is what human beings do to distinguish themselves from other species found in the bush.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i am not a fan of the President but i dont support such fotos, i do simpathise with Rusike because she is not the one who created the foto , people stop your jokes they are disgusting

  3. super mondo says:

    first class goblin..toad of presidential palace.geriatric fallout from zanu.

  4. super mondo says:


  5. Viomak says:

    Oh My God.I’m so sorry .How do I get in touch with her .I am so devastated .

  6. tee says:

    WAIT..so she wasn’t the first to share it…damn some law we have kumusha uko!

  7. Common Sense says:

    I know the (stupid) law covers the President as he thinks he is untouchable… but would the police do ANYTHING if the same was done with Tsvangarai? Not.

  8. Inga says:

    Now that I have seen it here and sent the link to my friends am I guilt?

  9. aamm says:

    VIVA FREE ZIMBABWE more pictures please its funny . the leader of the GUKURAHUNDI GANG in the nude HAAHAAHAH.

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