Pastor Evan Mawarire, leader of #This Flag Movement entreated the High Court to be granted bail pending trial on treason charges.
Mawarire is being charged with contravening section 22(2) (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (subverting a constitutional government) or in the alternative being charged with inciting the public to commit public violence as envisaged in section 187(1) (b) as read with section 36(1) (a) of the Code. In his application Mawarire said:
I aver that to peaceful challenge that the government should address the economic challenges is permissible under section 67(2) (a) of the Constitution. The same applies to a demand that the government pays workers in United States dollars and the allied request for the government to remove the bond notes
I aver that there is no State case from the papers. The main offence in question is only committed if an accused person, acting in or outside Zimbabwe (a) organises, or sets up, or advocates, or suggests the organisation or setting up of a group or body (b) for the purposes of coercing or attempting to coerce the government.