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Bulawayo Agenda Staffers Acquitted of Breaching POSA

Four staffers with the civic group, Bulawayo Agenda, who were on trial for holding public meetings in Victoria Falls without police clearance, were acquitted Thursday.

The group's Mmeli Dube, Butholezwe Nyathi, Ntombiyezansi Thozana and Thulani Moyo were arrested in June after a meeting in the resort town’s Kachechete ward.

They were accused of holding a political gathering and charged with breaching the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which requires political gatherings to be sanctioned by police.

But magistrate Sharon Rosemani acquitted the four, ruling that the meetings were lawful and did not need police permission.

Speaking after the acquittal, Nyathi told Studio 7 that they were thrilled to regain their full freedom.

He vowed to engage in more civic work with different communities in Zimbabwe.