This Flag Movement leader, Pastor Evan Mawarire’s bid for freedom hit a brick wall today after a High Court judge postponed to Tuesday next week the ruling on the cleric’s bail application.
Mawarire was arrested in Harare last week and was subsequently charged with treason. He, however, denies accusations that his Facebook video encouraging Zimbabweans to heed a strike call by the Zimbabwe Confederation of Trade Unions incited people to violence.
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Mawarire remains in detention at Harare’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison. He was not present at Friday’s ruling.
Mawarire’s lawyer Tonderai Batasara told the court that Mawarire was willing to surrender title deeds to his parents’ home, his passport and deposit $500 with the court and make weekly reports to the police as part of conditions for his release.
However, state prosecutors argued that Mawarire was a flight risk and would likely commit a similar offence if released.
Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison (CMSP) is the largest prison and correctional facility in Zimbabwe which is located on the outskirts of Harare (about 15 kilometres from Harare). It houses about 17 000 prisoners (both men and women). Numerous jailbreaks have occurred at the CMSP and... Read More About Chikurubi Maximum Prison
Pastor Evan (full name Evan Mawarire) is a Zimbabwean political activist, politician, religious leader, Motivational Speaker, author and leader of the This Flag Movement. In April 2016 he posted a video on Facebook with the title ThisFlag which went viral spurring the start of the... Read More About Evan Mawarire
The ThisFlag movement is a campaign started by Pastor Evan Mawarire that calls on Zimbabweans to carry the country's flag with them as a sign of protest to the government for failing to provide a dignified life to its citizens. Read More About This Flag Movement