Amalgamated Rural Teachers of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure has been granted ZWL$50 000 bail after spending 27 days at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.
Masaraure had been jailed on charges of inciting public violence after he posted on his Twitter that the CID Law and Order department was being weaponised to paralyse ARTUZ operations.
In a statement released following Masaraure’s release the teacher union organization called for Masaraure’s charges to be dropped.
“Finally! President @OMasaraure has been granted bail of 50 000RTGS and to report once every fortnight to CID law and order between 8 am and 4 pm.
“In our conscience, we maintain that freedom delayed is freedom denied. President Obert is not a criminal and therefore all charges laid against him should be dropped,” ARTUZ said
High Court Judge Justice Rodgers Manyangadze ruled that the previous Judge had misdirected himself in opposing bail on account that Masaraure is a flight risk
Masaraure was seeking his release from remand prison on charges of defeating and obstructing the course of justice.
Justice Manyangadze ordered Masaraure to report once every fortnight to Harare Central police CID Law and Order between 8 am and 4 pm