Zimbabwe government unlawfully jails Linda Masarira, mother of five

Zimbabwe government keeps violating  the rights of women and no one can stop the atrocities. The most urgent and serious case is that of  Linda Masarira , a mother of five children. Her children solely depend on her for survival. The situation of her situation is pathetic and calls for urgent intervention.
Below is a brief about Linda and an account given on her by Dr Patson Dzamara. Please note this case will be updated as more updates come. Also we will share details on how people can support her directly. Her situation is dire
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Dr Patson Dzamara brief on what happened to Linda

Let me also take this opportunity to give clarity on something I feel is critical and for us to really know the dynamics involved. After my numerous posts about her, I received a lot of enquiries as to what has prolonged her incarceration and I wish to set the record straight .
The fact that Lynda is a political prisoner is incontestable. She is not a criminal and she must not be behind bars.

However, there is fine line between the legality and illegality of her detention. Let’s start with the illegal dimension. Her detention can be deemed illegal because she didn’t appear before a court within 48 hours of her arrest and that’s illegal according to our constitution. We are hoping to secure her release on that premise.

13775422_10154279485987954_5587711385565404356_nOn the other hand, like I stated before, Lynda absconded a court appearance for a previous case after we were beaten by riot police at the Africa Unity Square on the 20th of June. She was injured just like most of us and so she couldn’t travel to Mutare for her court appearance.

Those who appreciate the law would know that absconding a court appearance is a good enough reason to be denied bail for another case. So it’s not that the lawyers are incompetent or that we are neglecting a comrade.

After all is said and done, we appreciate the fact that all cases against Lynda are politically motivated and obviously spurious. As such our solidarity is necessary.

Let’s stand together as one tomorrow and send a clear message to this failed regime that we won’t ever allow a wounded soldier to die. Also remember that we stick to peaceful non-violent means in whatever we do.

Bring your flags tomorrow, 8.30am at Mbare Magistrate Courts.

Aluta continua…

Dr. Patson Dzamara