Continued WOZA detention disturbing

ZIMRIGHTS is greatly concerned about the continued incarceration of Women of Zimbabwe Arise leaders, Jenni Williams and Magondonga Mahlangu, who were arrested on September 21.

WOZA co-ordinators Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu.
WOZA co-ordinators Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu.

The two were arrested following a peaceful march they held in commemoration of the international day of peace. Magistrate Tawanda Tsombe subsequently denied them bail.

In spite of their deteriorating health, the two are still being denied access to medical attention at the Mlondlozi Female Prison where they are kept. Their next trial has been set for October 6.

There is a lot of apprehension over unsubstantiated accusations that the two women abducted an old women in Njube and also stole an electric torch from a house in

Nketa. The accusations, besides them being baseless, do not justify the refusal of a bail application.

The continued detention does not only amount to bias and unprofessionalism on the part of the court, but also the suppression of citizen’s rights and freedom. What is happening is a sure sign of abuse within the state institution by those wielding power. This, however, continues to shatter the hopes of Zimbabweans with regard to respect for the rule of law. ZimRights therefore demands their immediate release. – ZimRights

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