Man Acquitted After Spending 22 Months In Jail Over January 2019 Protests

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HARARE – The High Court has acquitted Tonderai Masanga, who was arrested and sentenced to thirty-six months in prison in connection with with the 2019 fuel price hike riots.

He was accused of committing public violence during the January 2019 protests together with 13 others.

Justices Benjamin Chikowere and Phildah Muzofa overturned his conviction after spending 22 months in prison.

Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of ZLHR was representing Masanga.

He said, “the judges set aside Masanga’s conviction and found him not guilty and acquitted him.”

Many were arrested while others were reportedly either wounded or killed by security forces during the protests which turned violent.

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