Zimbabwe’s Mawarire arrested for 'promoting public violence'

ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire was arrested on Monday while addressing protesting medical students at the University of Zimbabwe.

FILE: Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire. Picture: EWN

HARARE – The leader of the ThisFlag protest movement is now facing a charge of promoting public violence.

Evan Mawarire was arrested on Monday while addressing protesting medical students at the University of Zimbabwe.

Defence lawyer Harrison Nkomo says Mawarire will likely appear in court on Wednesday.

He’s been charged with taking part in a public gathering for the purpose of committing public violence.

Mawarire denies the charge, he says he was invited to address University of Zimbabwe medical students who are angry over recent fees hike.

This is Mawarire’s second arrest this year, he was arrested in February on charges of trying to subvert the government.

Amnesty International has condemned this latest arrest, it says the government is hell-bent on criminalising Mawarire for exercising his rights.