A man from Mutawatawa spent a night in police cells after he had reportedly labelled Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa a ‘mainini’ or small lady in terms of dealing with the country’s economy, in a post on a WhatsApp chat group.

The man, who has since been released following the intervention of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has been identified as Lovemore Muchenje.

He had been arrested for undermining the authority of the Zanu PF leader.

“In Mutawatawa, we rescued Lovemore Muchenje by getting him released from police custody after he had been arrested for undermining authority of or insulting President Mnangagwa by allegedly posting on a WhatsApp group, a picture depicting the ZANU PF party leader wearing a dress (and) writing a caption saying “Pa Economy ndiri mainini),” revealed the ZLHR in a tweet.

“Muchenje, who spent a night in detention was set free after the intervention of @TinasheChinox of @ZLHRLawyers who challenged the prosecution of his client in the absence of a Certificate of Authority to Prosecute issued by the Prosecutor-General in terms of the law,” added the ZLHR.