Sergeant Alois Mabhunu, a police homicide detective in the western city of Bulawayo, was on surveillance duty a fortnight ago at the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair when he received an urgent call of nature, local radio station VOP said.
He rushed to the first toilet he could see, which happened to be a privy being guarded for Mugabeâ€™s use during his appearance at the show. Police guards tried to block Mabhunuâ€™s access, but he fought his way through and locked himself in, VOP said, quoting from a police charge sheet.
Having relieved himself, he left and resumed his duties. But the toilet guards reported the incident, including to the secret police, and he was arrested the next day.