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Zimbabwe Women Activists Spend Second Night in Jail After Electric Power Protest

Zimbabwean police on Friday continued to hold four members of the activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise arrested on Thursday for demonstrating at the Harare offices of the national electric power utility over soaring electricity costs and expanding blackouts.

The four included WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the group said.

Nearly 70 members of the activist group were arrested for demonstrating at the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority in the capital demanding cuts in electric rates and improved service.

Also in police custody were members Clara Manjengwa and Celina Aadukani, WOZA said. About 65 others were released by police late Thursday.

Lawyer Harrison Nkomo, representing the WOZA activists, told VOA Studio seven reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga that police told him a decision was likely to be made on charges by Saturday morning.