Zim pastor charged for inciting public violence

Evan Mawarire is a vocal government critic, who helped organise last week’s stay away.

FILE: A man runs to cover from a police water cannon during during a demonstration on 6 July 2016 in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Police in Zimbabwe have now charged a pastor who played a key role in last week's stay away with inciting public violence.

Evan Mawarire was told to report to police this morning ahead of another stay away planned for tomorrow and Thursday.

Mawarire's This Flag group says the pastor has been charged with inciting public violence and disturbing the peace.

He went to the police station this morning in the company of his lawyer, hoping that this was just a routine questioning but no doubt suspecting he would be detained.

Mawarire is a vocal government critic, who helped organise last week's stay away.

In a pre-recorded video clip released moments after news broke that he'd been charged, Mawarire said Zimbabweans should continue to hold the government to account.