Relief: Man gets 10 days for using Mugabe’s toilet, escapes death sentence

Bulawayo,- The controversial Zimbabwe police officer who was arrested and detained for three weeks for using President Robert Mugabe toilet was on Tuesday convicted 10 days in prison.\r\n

Sergeant Alois Mabhunu from West Commonage police station in Bulawayo appeared before police internal court at regional headquarters at Southampton House in the city on Tuesday .He was convicted 10 days in prison for using a toilet reserved for Mugabe during Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF)  early last month. However Mabhunu has since made an appeal to Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri after the police internal court verdict.

“He has been convicted and sentenced to 10 days in prison by the police court but has since made an appeal to the Police Commissioner soon after conviction,” said our source.

Whilst he is waiting for Chihuri’s decision on his appeal Mabhunu has been demoted and transferred from West Commonage police station to Entumbane police station in the same city. Mabhunu who was a Homicide police detective and use to work dressed in civilian clothing is now expected to report for duty dressed in full police uniform daily.

Allegations against Mabhunu are that on May 6, he was on duty at the ZITF grounds during the official opening of the trade show case by Jean Louis Ekra, president of Afreximbank and Mugabe. Mabhunu due to the call of nature rushed to the toilets reserved for Mugabe and his guest Ekra, but was stopped by other officers guarding the toilets.

Under intense pressure from the call of nature, the officer forced his way in and managed to relieve himself. He was arrested the following day on May 7 after a report was made to Mugabe’s security men and to senior police officers in the city.

When contacted for comment last week Bulawayo police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo only said “that is an internal matter”.

Mugabe security has been tightened in the past recent years. Political analysts said Mugabe’s boost on his security is an admission that he is no longer liked by the people of Zimbabwe.

Several motorists have in the past been assaulted by Mugabe’s security men for not giving way to the Presidential motorcade.