BREAKING: Armed cops storm church, arrests Mawarire while preaching

BREAKING: Armed cops storm church, arrests Mawarire while preaching
Published: 24 September 2017 (274 Views)
ARMED police on Sunday raided and arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire at his This Generation Church.

According to the cleric's lawyer, Harrison Nkomo of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Mawarire was arrested Sunday morning while preaching.

Nkomo said Mawarire was arrested for inciting the public to cause violence.

#THISFLAG Pastor Evan Mawarire has urged young people to "to perform a 'David Goliath act' against President Robert Mugabe's oppressive rule", a report says.




According to New Zimbabwe.com, speaking at Ibbo Madaza's SAPES trust policy dialogue meeting last week, Mawarire urged young people to emulate the veteran leader and other freedom fighters in challenging oppressive laws.

The popular anti-Mugabe cleric, however, said that the young people in the southern African country could achieve their objective through peaceful means.

"David took Goliath head on, he was bold; the youth that is weak, that is afraid, that is timid and hides will not achieve anything in future…you have the ability to face things that these people (ruling party politicians) can't face why because it is your future that is at stake," Mawarire was cited as saying.

Mawarire's remarks came after Mugabe mocked US President Donald Trump, describing him as the "Giant Gold Goliath".

The US-backed, Pastor Mawarire at the weekend posted a video encouraging Zimbabweans to stand up against the economic woes emanating from the depreciating bond notes.

Last week, the US embassy in Harare said it was "monitoring" the trial of Mawarire and challenged government to end arbitrary arrests and intimidation on citizens.

Mawarire is currently on trial for addressing the University of Zimbabwe students in July who were demonstrating against fee hikes. US said the arrest of Mawarire was an infringement of freedom of expression and the right of peaceful assembly.

- newzimbabwe

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