First Lady forgives 9 Watsomba women detained for booing her

Admits police ‘overreacted’ by arresting the group

By Staff Reporter

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxillia has ordered a halt in the prosecution of nine women who were arrested last week accused of disrupting her donation speech presentation at Watsomba Growth Point, Manicaland.

The nine are Nester Chatiwana (41), Panashe Machekanzondo (19), Winnet Sithole (19 ), Maria Choto (49), Esnath Choto (33), Ellen Rujuwa (28), Faith Chidhakwa (30), Patience Matasva (35) years and Joyce Mashingaidze (29), all from Watsomba.

They were arraigned before a Mutare Magistrates’ Court last week facing charges of disorderly conduct and later released on free bail.

They were represented by the Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights.

However, in a turn of events, the First Lady has reportedly dropped charges against the group, admitting that police “overreacted” when they arrested the group.

In an X post, Deputy Chief Secretary-Presidential Communications in the Office of the President George Charamba said the First Lady admitted the police officers had overreacted.

“Both the First Lady and Police Commissioner General agreed the officers on the ground overreacted.

“On the instructions of the First Lady, all charges were withdrawn yesterday,” he said.

The nine women appeared before Mutare magistrate Prisca Manhibi and were released on free bail.

They had denied allegations stating that they were arrested because they opted to leave the venue early when Mnangagwa was still addressing people and before being dismissed.

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