A Zimbabwean protester who was convicted for committing public violence after participating in the famous January 14 protests has been acquitted.
The protester Tonderai Masanga was sentenced to 3 years in prison and had served 22 months in Zimbabwe’s maximum prison of Chikurubi.
Masanga who pleaded innocent during his trial appealed to the High Court where he was later declared innocent.
Masanga was arrested in 2019 together with 13 other protestors during a 4-day long protest against the increase of fuel prices.
The nationwide protests forced 80% of Zimbabwean businesses to close and the government later ordered an internet shutdown to stop people from coordinating through social media.
Over a thousand people were arrested during the protests while human rights groups raised reports of human rights abuse by Zimbabwe’s military who took control after the police were overpowered.
Just after the protests about 11 women appeared on an international TV station accusing the military of raping them during the internet blackout.