NAIROBI – A US citizen residing in Zimbabwe was arrested on Friday over allegations she insulted President Robert Mugabe via Twitter, her attorneys said.
Security forces searched the house of Martha O’Donovan, director of the satirical media outlet Magamba TV, and seized electronic devices, including her laptop, according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).
O’Donovan is accused of referring to Mugabe when she tweeted about a “Goblin” whose wife and stepsons imported an expensive car.
In Zimbabwe, insulting Mugabe is a crime punishable by fine or jail time.
ZLHR noted that the tweet did not mention Mugabe by name.
In recent years, hundreds of Zimbabweans have been arrested over similar accusations, including former Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a prominent figure in the main opposition party.
Mugabe, 93, has been in power since Zimbabwe officially became independent from Britain in 1980. He says he plans to seek another term in the 2018 presidential election.