In a Twitter post on Saturday, Chamisa said, “Fellow citizens, Let us stand with our incarcerated Last Maengahama,Tunga Madzokere, @JoanaMamombe & @ngadziore currently in jail on account of politics and dictatorship. I kindly exhort you to pray for all the political prisoners. Happy Sabbath to you!”
Joana Mamombe was recently ordered by Judge Bianca Makwande to be evaluated by government doctors to ensure that she can stand trial in October.
Mamombe is one of three young female activists arrested May 13 for engaging in anti-government protests during the coronavirus lockdown. The women, including Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, say they were taken from Harare police custody by unidentified men who tortured and sexually abused them. The women were missing for almost two days, then were left on a road near Bindura, a town about 90 kilometers northeast of the capital.
Mamombe failed to report for a court hearing in Harare last week. An arrest warrant was issued but canceled after Mamombe’s doctor submitted evidence that Mamombe had been admitted to a local hospital for health issues.
Prosecutor Michael Reza then sought a court order for her mental evaluation. The government has suggested Mamombe is feigning mental illness to avoid having to stand trial.