Zimbabweans celebrate release of anti-Mugabe activist

2016-09-14 17:15
Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Friday in Harare. (AFP)

Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Friday in Harare. (AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabweans have taken to social media to celebrate the release on bail of protest leader Promise Mkhwananzi. 

Mkwananzi was released on a $100 bail by the country’s high court on Wednesday. 

He was the spokesperson for the pressure group Tajamuka (We are agitated).

Mkwananzi, one of the most prominent activists campaigning for President Robert Mugabe to step down, was arrested during protests on August 26 and charged with public violence.

According to his lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara, Mkwananzi was released under stringent bail conditions which included handing over his passport and reporting at the Harare police station every Friday.

Mkwananzi’s release came just a few days before mass anti-government demonstrations planned for late this week. 

Mugabe on Monday reportedly described the almost daily protests in his country as a nuisance that would soon be crushed.

The long-time leader further warned that opposition parties and the pressure groups that were calling for his resignation should not cry foul when his government reiterated with a strong hand.  

"The demonstrations that we have witnessed in the last few weeks, were not by accident of history, but were purposeful choreographed and launched in the mistaken belief that time was ripe for popular uprising against government.

"Let the opposition parties know and all those angling for chaos, mayhem and violent demonstration be warned that our patience has run out. Government will take very strong measures against any political party, organisation or individual that perpetrates violent demonstration," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, on his official Twitter account, opposition leader and lawyer Tendai Biti said that they were at least 74 anti-Mugabe activists in the country’s jails.

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