Man who named his dog MUGABE faces lengthy jail
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
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