American Woman Faces 20 Years In Zimbabwe Jail For Tweet About Mugabe

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On Friday, Techzim reported that Martha O’Donovan from Magamba TV was taken into custody for a tweet that had allegedly been sent out by her during the Shoko Festival in early September.

Just when we thought the ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was a big joke; the cops fire a warning shot!


We are reliably informed that at 5 am this morning, Martha O’Donovan of Magamba TV was picked up by the police and taken into their custody for ‘tweeting against the president’.


In actual fact, Martha retweeted a ‘tweet against the president’ and amongst the 58 other retweets, she was picked out. The police came in with a search warrant and proceeded to confiscate all her electronic devices.

The tweet has since been deleted but said this...

We are being led by a selfish & sick man @GomoDubi @tafadzwamarere@Busisa74 @caesarzvayi @mayor_justice @JessieFMajome @ProfJNMoyo@263Chat


- mmatigari (@matigary) October 11, 2017

As the weekend progressed the situation became considerably more serious.

Techzim reports that today, a charge sheet emerged on Twitter detailing her alleged crime. The government is laying two charges.

  • Subverting a constitutional government through Masterminding a social media campaign to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means, with the campaign allegedly being run under the social media accounts; @Matigary, @OpenparlyZim and Magamba Network Trust.
  • Undermining the authority of and insulting the authority of the president by tweeting as @Matigary a tweet that read “We’re being led by a selfish and sick man”.

Below is the warned and cautioned statement that O’Donovan signed (via Techzim)

HARARE CENTRAL CR. 15/11/2017     EXHIBIT ” ”



I, Martha Louise O’Donovan, aged 25 years, passport number 549812235 residing at XYZ* (address removed), Harare, having been informed by Detective Inspector Murawa of CID law and Order, Harare that enquiries are being made in connection with a case of UNDERMINING AUTHORITY OF OR INSULTING PRESIDENT AS DEFINED IN SECTION 33 (2) (b) OF THE CRIMINAL LAW (CODIFICATION AND REFORM] ACT, CHAPTER 9:23, in which it is alleged that on 11 October 2017 at 0941 hours in Harare, I posted a message on Twitter using username @matigary which reads, “We are being led by a selfish and sick man”, with a photo illustration showing that the President of Zimbabwe, Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe is surviving on a Catheter, make this statement of my own free will.


While I have been informed that I ant not obliged to say anything in answer to these allegations, my failure at this stage to mention any facts relevant to my defence to them may result in a court drawing inferences against me. Whatever I say will be put in writing and may be given in court as evidence.


You are also advised that you are entitled to the following rights:-

  • To appear before a court within 48 hours unless further detention has been authorized by a competent court.
  • Not to be forced to make a confession.
  • The reason for detention.
  • To approach the High Court for an order of Habeas Corpus i.e an order requiring you to be released, or to be brought before the court for the lawfulness of the detention to be justified.
  • To be considered innocent until proven guilty.
  • To be informed promptly of the charge in sufficient detail to enable you to answer it.

Question: Have you understood the caution?
Answer: Yes.


Accused’s reply in English.

I deny the allegations being levelled against me as baseless and malicious. That is all I wish to say.

Techzim notes that O’Donovan has been remanded in custody, the Chikurubi Maximum prison, until 15th November.

Lawyers representing her have said that they’ll be applying for bail at the high court on Monday, 6 November 2017.

What is certain though is that the Zimbabwean government has started the dreaded crackdown on social media and is not going to wait for its Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill to become law. It’s not clear if this is the government’s new Cybersecurity ministry that’s already at work or an initiative by a different government agency.

O’Donovan, whose lawyers will be approaching the Zimbabwean High Court seeking bail, could face a maximum 20 years sentence if found guilty of the charges levelled against her.

To clarify - for posting stuff on social media, and in this case the “sick man” retweet, O’Donovan was masterminding an Arab Spring-type revolution - and now faces 20 years in prison!

The US Embassy is reportedly aware of the situation.

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gatorengineer's picture

I hope she gets purple crayoned every day in prison.  American Libtards have to learn you can to to foreign countries and be libtarded.......

Déjà view's picture


Dutti's picture

How can he be a sick man -  he is only 93 years old - she should have called him a wise man.


Fizzy Head's picture

Ahhh, that pesky law against free speech.. and being charged as a criminal nonetheless. Sick and selfish world we live in.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Because Zimbabwe already has the Libtard utopian dream of Ministry of Truth that is enforced by the strong-arm and jackboots of the goobermint.

Painful, the African libtard victory must be.

yomutti2's picture

Her quest for black schlong has taken an unexpected turn.


Manthong's picture


Chikurubi Maximum prison, 

JHC … and they can’t get a hold of Hillary?


Oh Lord please forgive me of thinking about Hillary and that non-caucasion schlong thing.


........multiples of them


........... in every 3D direction.


.......................with the same kinetic action her missiles had in Libya.


........................................but with less vengence than was administered to Gaddiffii.

jcaz's picture

Guess if she's using the "we", she's made her choice;

The upside is that she'll get when she's 45-  still time to change the world.... Or not.....

Manthong's picture




say no more ...say no more... say no more................

Stuck on Zero's picture

It's a good thing she's in Zimbabwe. In the U.S. a comment like that against Hillary and you could get suicided.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Bail was set at 500 trillion dollars, which O'Donovan paid from her pocket change.

Expendable Container's picture


Come Come, red hair is BEAUTIFUL! It puts the 'diversity' in 'ethnic-European' so that we have enough 'diversity' and don't need the  (((commies))) telling us we need more of it....

RafterManFMJ's picture

Eat, Love, Prey.

LOL! Reminds me of this libtard that went to tribal Africa, and ended up getting raped to death with bayonets. Yup, somethings ya gotta learn on your own.

Crazy Or Not's picture

Chikurubi Maximum Prison looks like a short stay location .... not in a good way:-

Life In The Cells

Life in the cells is said to be unbearable due to lack of supplies like proper food and blankets. The prison has been operating for almost a decade without running tap water as it owes the authorities.[1] Breakfast is slated at 8.30 am, lunch at 10.30 am and supper at 1.30 pm.[2] In 2010, food handouts were banned though inmates were to be getting very little food.[3] Inmates however continued to die of starvation though the government has been refuting such claims arguing that the Grain Marketing Board has long been supplying maize.[4]

Male Section

The cells are categorised (categories range from A to D) depending on the crimes committed. Those housed in the D- Class Section include murderers. Each cell is occupied by at least 25 people.[5]

During the decade of crisis which engulfed the country and mostly in 2008, inmates ate once on a daily basis. They were given porridge or overcooked vegetables.[6] Prior to that (2007), there was an outbreak of pellagra (vitamin B3 and protein deficiency disease) which was alleged to have claimed the lives of about 23 inmates.[7] One of the former inmate who narrated his ordeal alleged that in 2008, a cemetery was opened within the prison as it was a common phenomenon that each morning at least a dead prisoner was found lying on the floor within the cells. He stated that between July 2008 and December 2008, decomposing bodies were kept in the cells.[7]

It was reported that during the same period, two inmates shared a roll of toilet paper, a bar of laundry soap and 25 millilitres of toothpaste which was meant to last for 3 months.[2]Human Rights Activities began to raise eyebrows arguing that the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) and the government in general was contravening Article 24 of the International Bill of Human Rights.[5]

Female Section

Life in the female cells is more or less akin to the conditions in which their male counterparts are subjected under. The D-Class Section however houses the mentally challenged as well as those convicted of murder unlike in the male cells where the mentally challenged are grouped together with other inmates.[8]

One of the challenges faced by female inmates is the unavailability of sanitary wear. Despite the fact that there have been several reported donations of toiletries for women by various organisations, inmates highlighted that they are never given such products. Only those who are frequently visited by their relatives only have access to such products.[8]They in turn employ those in need of such products to work for them. Those employed are euphemistically called 'mabrasho'.[8] Several civic organisations such as the Female Prisoners Support Trust have since been formed to advance the plight of female inmates.

Bastiat's picture

Dear lord these poor clueless fools, wandering around in their own dreamy nonsense, have no idea of where they are. Maybe one of her wymns studies professors will like to volunteer to take her place?

HRClinton's picture

She was a casting agent for a new movie:

Romancing the Bone.

Expendable Container's picture


Having ruined Rhodesia from a Bread Basket to a Basket Case and made it clear to all White Africans that they are not wanted, that they are Marxist Zimbabwe's foremost Enemy, NOW they want Rhodesians to 'come back' to Fix It All. No Thanks! NEVER!

J S Bach's picture

All humans of the West should stay out of savage "countries" like Zimbabwe.  Nature is doing its thing by bringing back plagues and other equalizing agents.  Given a few generations WITHOUT evil whitey's aid, the Australopithicus numbers will dwindle and the land will become available again for human habitation.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Doesnt take the niggers long to start eating each other. . .

cheech_wizard's picture

and this is somehow new for the African continent?

They been eating each other for almost all of their recorded history.

RafterManFMJ's picture

And by human, you mean the Red Chinese.

Prediction, there will be more ethnic Chinese than Aftricans in Africa within 50 years.

Blankone's picture

And in Germany and a couple other former white countries you go to prison for 20 yrs if you publicly voice questions about the holohoax.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Yep freedom is being attacked on every front.  In the good 'ole USSA, I remember a woman getting roughed up, tossed in the pokey, and is still facing serious charges for "laughing too loud" at a certain Attourney Generals swearing in ceremony.  I guess in Zim, they wait for you to put it in writing, at least there's that....









Blurb's picture

Free speech only works one way, as she's just learned.

buttmint's picture

...she is an American snowflake!

Can we send Mugabe dinero to KEEP HER IN JAIL???

Cash2Riches's picture

Yet these "people" will complain and whine all day about how evil Trump is and how he is the worst human since Hitler. These people don't know how good they have it in the West and are just perpetual whiners.

Crazy Or Not's picture

Hats off to this professor of Supid.

wise_owl_says...'s picture

maybe if she had taken it one step further, by flipping off, an execution would be in order.

Crazy Or Not's picture


>She said: "We are being led by selfish & sick...."

Now she gets to experience that in person!... life on a leash. :( 

BarkingCat's picture

What's the Swedish it? She's not African and she certainly is not native to Zimbabwe. Fucking idiotic skank.

curbjob's picture

Indeed, Mugabe is as thin skinned.

gladih8r's picture

Let me guess, she went there to "help the poor" and "to make a difference".  Libtards are masters of projecting their condescending, patronizing mindsets onto others, ALWAYS resulting in failure.

land_of_the_few's picture

Best Gap Year evarrrrrrrr

Can't wait to see her TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet entries after this.

"Do you recommend this hotel..."

Crazy Or Not's picture

Well, she's going to get her values and a lot else hollowed out from the inside... 
She's a poster child for stay the fuck at home now.

cheech_wizard's picture

Poster child for a burqa fashion statement.



Crazy Or Not's picture

For her (stupid dumb (((ugly))) White chick)  sake I hope Embassy gets her outta there soon.
Totally F**ked will have a whole new meaning for her already, I imagine (- though I'd rather not).

BrownCoat's picture

"According to The New York Post, they describe her as savvy and smart and aware of the context in the political dimensions within which she was operating."

Actions speak louder than words. Not such a smart or savvy tweet.


BrownCoat's picture

Just like Bergdahl, the US will pay too much to get stupid out of a jam.

medium giraffe's picture

Disagree, this is the exact behaviour we should be encouraging. 

I hear North Korea does a great spiced pumpkin latte this time of year, and taking a selfie whilst smearing shit on Kim Jong-Un's portrait will show everyone back home how much of a big-hearted political activist you are.  You'll get loads of likes on Facebook, and lots of hotties will want to fuck you.

gatorengineer's picture

Maybe you got a point there, but we have the entire State of California to export.....

medium giraffe's picture

How do you feel about setting up a travel app...

gatorengineer's picture

We would somehow have to hack google to show starbucks, and apple stores in North Korea, afghanistan, yemen and other liberal friendly locations....  Got any connects in langley?

JohnGaltUk's picture

Looks like Marc Faber was right after all.

Theta_Burn's picture

And this white woman wants to be in Zimbabalabaway why?

onewayticket2's picture

she was one of 58 people who did the same thing.   she was the only one picked up.  


I think we can guess who her employer was.....