PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has with immediate effect fired Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Ministry Deputy Minister Dr Energy Mutodi.
The Permanent Secretary for Presidential Communications Mr Regis Chikowore confirmed the development yesterday evening through a statement.
“The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr M.J.M Sibanda has announced the termination of employment by His Excellency the President. Cde E.D. Mnangagwa of Dr. Energy Mutodi as Deputy Minister of Government in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
“The termination which is with immediate effect, in terms of Section 108 (1a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment No.20 of 2013),” read the statement.
Mutodi has been making headlines for the wrong reasons since his appointment in 2018. Recently, the Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo reportedly apologised to the Tanzanian Embassy in Harare after Mutodi mocked the country’s President, John Magufuli for his response to the coronavirus.
Mutodi went on the rampage like a bull in a china shop publicly denigrating Moyo, his superior Monica Mutsvangwa and her husband Chris.
On Wednesday Mutodi also mocked hospitalised MDC Alliance Activists, Joana Mamombe, a Member of Parliament, Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri, saying they were pr0stitutes who got injured after a misunderstanding with artisanal miners who had hired them for their services. Mutodi’s final tweet as deputy Minister reads:
"Details emerge MDC youths Joana Mamombe, Netsai Marova & Cecilia Chimbiri went out for a romantic night to Bindura with their lovers who are artisanal miners. They parked their car at a police station for safety but tragedy struck when they demanded foreign currency for services."
The three MDC Officials were abducted, tortured and se_xually assaulted after taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Warren Park, Harare on Wednesday last week.
The trio was dumped from a moving car at dawn on Friday, two days after being arrested for demonstrating against food shortages.