A Great Zimbabwe University student landed in hot soup after he was brought before the courts for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a dog.
Honest Makasi (34) of Majange high-density suburb was on Friday taken before Masvingo magistrate Dorothy Mwanyisa facing charges of insulting Mugabe.
He is being charged with violating the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for publicly undermining the authority of or insulting the authority of the president. It is the State’s case that on September 14 at Majange business centre, Makasi, in the company of his friends, allegedly shouted: “Mugabe is a dog. He is failing to fulfill his election campaign promise to the electorate.”
He was overheard by some Zanu PF supporters who reported the matter to the police, leading to his arrest.
In his defence, Makasi, represented by Martin Mureri of Matutu, Kwirira and Associates, argued that he is an ardent MDC-T supporter who was set-up by his political opponents to settle previous grudges.
His trial will proceed on November 11.
Makasi’s appearance comes hardly a month after a lecturer at the same institution, Chenjerai Pamhiri, was also brought to court facing two similar charges.