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    Zimbabwe: Best-selling author Tsitsi Dangarembga acquitted of charges for silently protesting against government corruption.

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    Harare, Zimbabwe – (African Boulevard News) – The Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga had been acquitted on appeal for protesting in the streets of Harare last year. The best-selling author was initially charged with “incitement to violence” after silently protesting against the government’s corruption in the empty streets of Harare. The verdict, which came on Monday, has been celebrated by her supporters and has been considered a victory for freedom of expression in Zimbabwe.

    Dangarembga’s protest last year was part of a broader movement that erupted across the country after the government’s economic policies caused the country’s currency to plummet, causing widespread hardship. The novelist, who is internationally acclaimed for her works, had carried a sign that read, “We Want Better, Reform Our Institutions.” However, no violence or damage to public property was reported during her protest.

    The court’s decision to acquit Dangarembga was based on a lack of evidence presented by prosecutors that linked her to any violent conduct. Dangarembga’s lawyer, Tonderai Bhatasara, welcomed the ruling, stating that it was a case of freedom of expression against a government that had become increasingly intolerant of dissenting views.

    The verdict was also welcomed by human rights organizations, who have been critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. Amnesty International’s Southern Africa director, Deprose Muchena, said, “Today’s ruling is a victory for human rights and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe.”

    Dangarembga has been a vocal critic of the government and has been actively involved in social justice issues, including women’s rights and access to education. Her acclaimed novel, Nervous Conditions, which was published in 1988, is considered a seminal work in African literature and has been translated into several languages.

    The acquittal of Dangarembga has been seen as a victory for those who believe in the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest. It is also a reminder that governments must respect the rights of their citizens and allow them to express their views without fear of persecution. As Dangarembga said after her acquittal, “We need to continue to fight for our democracy and our rights as citizens.”

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