Zimbabwe prophet remains caged for criticising Mugabe

Pastor Evan Mawarire

Pastor Evan Mawarire

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – HUMAN rights groups are outraged at the arrest and leveling of vague charges on a prominent Zimbabwean pastor critical of President Robert Mugabe’s government.
Pastor Evan Mawarire (39), the latest churchman to fall foul of the law for his criticism of, was arrested on Wednesday at Harare’s international airport on his return to the country from the United States.
He spent the weekend behind bars after police charged him with “subverting a constitutional government” after Zimbabweans protested against Mugabe between August 2016 and last month.
Mawarire allegedly influenced Zimbabweans to protest.
Treason carries a death sentence in Zimbabwe.
Last Thursday, police officers added an extra charge of “insulting the Zimbabwean flag.” He has been remanded in custody until February 17.
He is popular for “This Flag” campaign demanding the restoration of human rights.
Speaking from Paris, France, Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, secretary general, Gerald Staberock, said Mawarire was victimized for exposing bad governance.
“Pastor Mawarire should be immediately and unconditionally released,” said Staberock.
Human Rights Watch Africa executive, Dhewa Mavhinga, also demanded the pastor’s release.
“Instead of this persecution carousel, Zimbabwe’s authorities should drop the sham charges and free Mawarire unconditionally,” Mavhinga said.
Mawarire had fled the country citing safety concerns following his initial arrest last year. Courts cleared him of treason.

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