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High Court bars bailed activists from addressing gatherings

By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |

High Court judge, Happias Zhou, on Monday granted bail to three more citizen activists charged with public violence during recent anti-government demonstrations.

File: Some protesters were viciously beaten up and wounded after they were arrested during anti-government demonstrations in Zimbabwe. Photo: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo
File: Some protesters were viciously beaten up and wounded after they were arrested during anti-government demonstrations in Zimbabwe. Photo: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

As part of their bail conditions, the activists were barred from addressing public gatherings, in addition to paying $50 to buy their freedom and reporting at the Law and Order section every fortnight.

The three are Pride Mkono from the militant Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) as well as human rights activists, Mehluli Dube and Makomborero Haruzivishe.

The three have been languishing in remand prison since late August when they were arrested for taking part in a march to press for electoral reforms that was organised by a consortium of political parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA).

They have been denied bail in the past, with prosecution arguing that they had other pending cases relating to public violence during protests.

Since July, citizens have been protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s government over corruption, bad governance and human rights abuses.

The European Union parliament recently urged Mugabe to release all political prison in order to avert civil strife. Nehanda Radio

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