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Martha O’Donovan to spend two more days in jail, bail hearing set for Wednesday

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Martha O'Donovan of Magamba TV

By now you know about Martha O’Donovan of Magamba TV was arrested. Martha, an American citizen, who has been resident in Zimbabwe for at least since February of this year, working as Projects manager at Magamba Network Trust was arrested and her charge sheet which popped up on Twitter revealed the charges to be:

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  • Subverting a constitutional government through Masterminding a social media campaign to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means, with the campaign allegedly being run under the social media accounts; @Matigary, @OpenparlyZW and Magamba Network Trust.
  • Undermining the authority of and insulting the authority of the president by tweeting as @Matigary a tweet that read “We’re being led by a selfish and sick man”.

Earlier today the US embassy exclusively responded to Techzim‘s questions on the arrest of O’Donovan and said they are aware of the arrest and are monitoring the situation.

The charges being levelled against O’Donovan are serious and if convicted she faces up to 20 years in prison. She is however seeking to apply for bail and has been granted a bail hearing and that will be on Wednesday the 8th of November 2017.

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She has been locked up at Chikurubi Maximum prison since the 3rd of November and is going to have to endure two more nights in there at the very least.

We will all be following the story as we see what our government meant by crackdown on social media abuse when the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was instated. Our calendars are marked for the 8th of November and we will report on what happens there.


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