It happens to the best of us. Sometimes you just have to go.
For Alois Mabhunu, the consequences were disastrous.
Arrested For Answering The Call Of Nature In The Presidential Privy
The Zimbabwean police sergeant was on duty at the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), in the western city of Bulawayo, when he could not hold on and allegedly dashed to the nearest toilet, which turned out to be reserved for President Robert Mugabe.
He was arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of invading the presidential privy. (Yes, really.)
Here’s how RadioVop Zimbabwe reported the incident:
Allegations against Mabhunu, a homicide police detective, 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 Afreximbank and President 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.
Jailed For Going To The Wrong Toilet?
And he’s been languishing in jail ever since.
The Guardian reveals that the legality of the case against him has been challenged by Beatrice Mtetwa, a leading Zimbabwean human rights lawyer.
Mugabe’s personal space — and reputation as father of the independent nation — are fiercely protected. Several motorists are said to have been assaulted by his security personnel for not giving way to the presidential motorcade.
What do you think? Does Mabhunu deserve to have been arrested?
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