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UK “Closely” Monitoring Mamombe, Chimbiri Detention

The UK In Zimbabwe has said it is closely monitoring the arrest and detention of MDC Alliance duo, Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri who were arrested for insulting police officers.

The duo was arrested on Monday while at their doctor’s offices, MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson, Clifford Hlatshwayo said.

Using microblogging site Twitter The UK In Zimbabwe said everyone has a right to speak freely as provided for in the 2013 constitution:

We are closely following the arrests and detention of Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri, apparently for comments made to a police officer regarding COVID-19. Free speech is a right enshrined in the 2013 Constitution

The duo’s bail hearing was postponed to today and according to reports coming from the court, the state is opposing bail on the basis that the duo is undermining the court by committing a crime while they are on trial.

Source: UK In Zimbabwe

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