Judge fails to appear for ‘good sex’ Twitter case
Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba has failed to turn up for the trial of a Harare socialite accused of insulting her, resulting in him walking away from court a free man. A report on the Bulawayo24 site notes that Taona Shadaya was charged after reportedly retweeting a message from a supposedly fake Chigumba Twitter account in August. The message read; ‘I can't wait for the elections fiasco to come to an end. I could do with a holiday and some good sex. My body needs a break.’ Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa dismissed the matter after prosecutor Peter Kachirika conceded that ‘the state failed to bring the complainant’.