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Court Grants Bail 25 Arrested Chingwizi Villagers

Zimbabwean police on patrol at the Chingwizi transit camp for over 20,000 people displaced as a result of the flooded Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam. (File Photo: Human Rights Watch)

The magistrates court on Friday granted bail to 25 of the 30 Chingwizi villagers arrested Sunday after running battles with the police trying to forcibly evict them from the holding camp to Nuanentsi Ranch in Masvingo province.

The villagers were moved into the camp following the flooding of the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in February.

A team of lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, representing the villagers, says it will approach the Constitutional Court to determine if the constitutional rights of the villagers were infringed on by the government in the process.

Lawyer Collin Maboke of the ZLHR said they are intensifying efforts to free the remaining detainees.