MASVINGO – A lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe University who insulted President Robert Mugabe has been fired from his job according to a notice issued by the Masvingo based university.
Chenjerai Pamhiri (38 was earlier this month arrested after allegedly labeling Mugabe an “impotent wife snatcher” at a bar in Mashava. In May this year, Pamhiri was sentenced to three months in prison after calling Mugabe “a dirty, rotten old donkey”.
A statement, issued by the Great Zimbabwe University said his contract had been terminated.
“We would like to advise the public that Pamhiri Chenjerai, who was a university employee, in the capacity of teaching assistant, is no longer a member of staff with immediate effect.
“Great Zimbabwe University disassociates itself completely with any statements, be they political or of any other nature, that he has made in the past or may make to the press in the future”.
Prosecutors alleged that Pamhiri, while doing his shopping at a local supermarket, shouted that Mugabe was “dirt which should be discarded, a rotten old donkey”. He is also said to have urged people not to vote for him in elections held on the 31st of July this year.
Police arrested him as he left the supermarket.
Arrests for slandering Zimbabwe’s ageing authoritarian president and breaching the strict public order law are common and those found guilty usually get away with light sentences, fines or are ordered to do community service. Rights lawyers have recorded over 60 such cases since 2010.