Tsvangirai condemns arrest of pastor Mawarire

The founder of the ThisFlag protest movement was arrested at Harare International Airport on Wednesday as he returned from exile in the US.

FILE: Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, wrapped in the Zimbabwean national flag, recording an installment of his #ThisFlag video series. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has condemned the arrest of protest pastor Evan Mawarire, who still hasn't been brought to court.

The founder of the ThisFlag protest movement was arrested at Harare International Airport on Wednesday as he returned from exile in the US.

It's still not clear when Evan Mawarire will appear in court. Police have 48 hours starting from his arrest to bring him to court with a deadline tomorrow.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says that the arrest will send a chilling message to those who thought President Robert Mugabe's party was capable of reform. The Zimbabwean Human Rights Association says that the move is meant to intimidate all those speaking out against the economic and political situation in the country.

But many Zimbabweans felt let down by Mawarire in the past when he fled Zimbabwe and there's certainly no outpouring of support for him yet.