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Zimbabwe High Court Orders Release of Pro-Democracy Activist Linda Masarira

Linda Masarira of the Zimbabwe Women in Politics.
Linda Masarira of the Zimbabwe Women in Politics.

A High Court judge, David Mangota, has ordered the release of pro-democracy activist Linda Masarira, who was locked up at Chikurubi Maximum Prison for about three months.

Masarira was arrested in July when Zimbabweans, who were protesting against the deteriorating social and economic situation in the country, took to the streets also urging President Robert Mugabe to step down.

She is facing charges of obstructing or endangering free movement of persons and traffic.

Masarira has been in custody for over almost three months while her other 10 co-accused Tongai Makamba, Tawanda Magaya, Delight Bhunu, Tinotenda Chitengu, Evans Watukwa, Trymore Zvinoitavanhu, Livingkind Muzengerere, Frank Kudakwashe, Mathius Gonye and Tafadzwa Chitiza are out of custody on $100 bail each.

Zimbabweans, including those living in America, have been President Mugabe to address serious issues affecting the country.

Some activists have been arrested and others beaten up by state security agents and suspected Zanu PF activists for demanding that Mr. Mugabe should step down.