Detained young mother wins award

Cynthia Manjoro, a twenty-six year old single mother who spent over two months in remand prison over what most people believe were ‘trumped-up charges’ has now been presented with a local prestigious human rights award.

Cynthia Manjoro
Cynthia Manjoro

Dozens of MDC-T members were arrested in a politicised witch hunt following the murder of a notorious policeman in Glen View. Manjoro a National Programs Coordinator with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights), spent two months in custody before extensive lobbying by activists led to her release.

On Saturday the Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe (YIDEZ) announced that Manjoro had been presented with the Gertrude Mtombeni award given, “to a young woman who stands out and works exceptionally in the fight for democracy.” The award is named after the late trade unionist Gertrude Mtombeni.

Unfortunately Manjoro was not present to receive the award as she is part of the group of 26 MDC-T activists re-arrested this month even though they were already on bail. Cynthia’s mum, Anna Manjoro received the award on her behalf at the annual Gertrude Mtombeni Memorial Lecture in Bulawayo.

Cynthia Manjoro is a former student activist who has worked with the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Restoration of Human Rights and Zimbabwe National Students Union. YIDEZ described her as “the face of young women fighting for democracy” and praised her resilience “in the face of arrests and torture.” – SW Radio Africa News

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