ThisFlag’s Mawarire out on $200 bail

Mawarire spent two nights in custody after being arrested for addressing university students who were protesting over high fees.

This file photo taken on 19 May 2016 shows Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, wrapped in the Zimbabwean national flag, recording an instalment of his #ThisFlag video series. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – A court in Zimbabwe has granted bail to detained ThisFlag founder, Evan Mawarire. He’s spent two nights in custody after being arrested for addressing university students who were protesting over high fees.

Evan Mawarire has been ordered to pay bail of US $200 surrender his passport and report to police once a week.
He’s been charged with taking part in a gathering to commit public violence.

That was after he addressed a fees protest at the University of Zimbabwe on Monday.

Mawarire is already due to stand trial on subversion charges in September, and critics say these fresh charges are meant to tie him up in further litigation.

Meanwhile, rights lawyers have gone to the High Court on Wednesday to challenge the eviction of hundreds of medical students from their university residences in the wake of Monday’s protest.