Thompson Joseph Mloyi, 44, who is based at Craneborne barracks, told a Harare court Tuesday that he has the right to express himself without being prosecuted.
He is charged with undermining the authority of or insulting the President.
â€œSection 51 of the Zimbabwean constitution deals with freedom of expression,â€ he said.
â€œThis is protection under which people communicate ideas. These ideas can legitimately include criticism of the president and his decisions,â€ he added.
The cop is also accused of calling the First Lady, Grace Mugabe a prostitute.
Mloyi is out of custody on $100 bail.
Court heard that Mloyi resides at Tomlison depot and is currently stationed at Harare Central Police Station.
Allegations against him arose on morning of March 5 when he entered one of the barracks at Craneborne camp. The other officers were preparing for work.
Mloyi is claimed to have started shouting that â€œPresident Robert Mugabe is too old to rule and is married to a prostitute.â€
Court heard that other officers who were present confronted him and he stormed out of the barrack and went away.
The other police officers filed a report at Harare Central leading to Mloyiâ€™s arrest.Post published in: Featured