Zim man in court for “barren like Bob" comment

39-year-old civil servant Henry Venge appeared in court for insulting President Robert Mugabe.

FILE: Zimbabwe's President and Zanu PF Presidential candidate Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - A Zimbabwe civil servant is in trouble for suggesting that President Robert Mugabe is infertile.

It is against the law to insult the president in Zimbabwe.

This despite a ruling by Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court last year that declared a controversial anti-insult law unconstitutional.

Arrests are continuing after Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed the ruling.

The 39-year-old accountant from Masvingo allegedly made the remarks during an altercation with a work colleague.

State prosecutors, quoted by NewZimbabwe.com, claim Henry Venge told his workmate that he was arrogant and likened him to Mugabe.

Venge, who appeared in court on Thursday, is also alleged to have told his colleague he was "barren like Bob".

The accountant, who works for the Ministry of Youth, denies ever saying the words.