Zimbabwe’s High Court has overturned a two-week ban by police on demonstrations in the capital Harare.
Justice Priscilla Chigumba ruled that the ban on protests was illegal and that the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law was important to democracy.
President Mugabe at the weekend criticised a court which had given permission for an anti-government protest at the end of august.
Mr Mugabe said the judges had showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to be negligent when making future decisions
The challenge was brought by activists, who have been staging series of protests against President Robert Mugabe and his government.