Saturday, 2 July 2016

Lumumba goes into hiding

Former Zanu-PF activist Mr William Mutumanje also known as Acie Lumumba, who is wanted for questioning on charges of undermining the President as defined in Section 33 (2) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act after he insulted President Mugabe on Thursday, has gone into hiding.


He uttered the words while launching his party, Viva Zimbabwe, in Harare on Thursday.

Mr Lumumba pronounced himself as chairman of the party saying that Viva Zimbabwe aimed at bringing change in Zimbabwe.

In rantings, Mr Lumumba used the “F” word to insult the President.

“Mr Mugabe, I guess you have not been really insulted,’ said Mr Lumumba. “You are now used to being insulted by protesters. You are used to being insulted by vendors, you are used to being insulted in the hallways.

“You have never seen Zimbabweans really angry. So, here is the red line. Mr President Robert Gabriel Mugabe f*** you.”
Lumumba goes into hiding
Sources close to the investigations yesterday said they were keen to question Mr Lumumba over the utterances.

“We have been trying to locate him, but failing. His whereabouts are still not known and we have launched a manhunt for him,” said the source.

Mr Lumumba claimed that President Mugabe was responsible for the total collapse of the economy. He said Zanu-PF was responsible for gross mismanagement of funds in Government coffers.

“Where is the $15 billion that just went missing? Right now (Patrick) Chinamasa is looking towards trying to clear a debt of $11 billion in a space of 25 years,” he said.

Mr Lumumba, while addressing a handful of supporters, said Zimbabwe needed new blood to effectively run the country.

He said although he was leader of Viva Zimbabwe he was not going to contest the 2018 Presidential elections. Mr Lumumba said he would support any candidate he considered to be the appropriate for the post.

However, a Harare-based political analyst dismissed Mr Lumumba as an attention seeker saying the authorities should ignore him.

“Remember he is the same guy who once claimed that he had sensitive information implicating Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Patrick Zhuwao, but he failed to produce it,” said the source.

“He is seeking relevance and I think it will be a waste of time and resources for the authorities to pursue such a matter coming from someone who seems to have lost his conscience.”

Before he left Zanu-PF, Mr Lumumba was chairman of a steering committee on the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment.

He was fired for misappropriating funds meant for the Zimbabwe Youth Council.
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