Zimbabwe youth leader in jail for Mugabe slur

Zimbabwe youth leader still in jail for Mugabe slur, 2 more journalists detained by police

Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A defense lawyer says the young political activist who compared Zimbabwe's president to a lame donkey will spend another week in jail.

Attorney Charles Kwaramba said Tuesday that state prosecutors used a contentious appeal law to stop a court order to free Solomon Madzore, head of the youth wing of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party.

Madzore, at an election rally, allegedly called President Robert Mugabe, 89, "a limping donkey" who should be put out to pasture.

He faces a fine or several months' imprisonment. Arrests for insulting Mugabe are common in Zimbabwe.

Later Tuesday, Zimbabwean police took in for questioning two journalists from an independent newspaper on allegations of publishing "falsehoods" against state institutions.

Media freedom groups immediately warned of a renewed clampdown against journalists ahead of upcoming elections.

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