BREAKING : #Thisflag Pastor Evan Mawarire arrested while preaching

ARMED police on Sunday raided and arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire at his This Generation Church.

According to the cleric’s lawyer, Harrison Nkomo of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Mawarire was arrested Sunday morning while preaching.

Nkomo said Mawarire was arrested for inciting the public to cause violence.

“We are at the Harare Central police station where the police have charged him with inciting people to commit public violence,” said Nkomo.

Mawarire at the weekend posted a video encouraging Zimbabweans to stand up against the economic woes emanating from the depreciating bond notes.

Tajamuka leader Promise Mkwananzi told New Zimbabwe that they were working with pastor Mawarire in organizing next week’s anti-bond notes demonstration.

“Yes, he’s been arrested amid a swelling political situation in which social movements are mobilising and organizing the people towards the final phase of un-governability,” Mkwananzi said.

“This has been necessitated by an acute decline in the value of a fictitious currency introduced by the Reserve Bank which we had forewarned about its futility. We are saying that because of this RBZ governor John Mangudya and the entire Zanu PF cabal must step down. President Robert Mugabe is even failing to walk, he should be assisted to step down immediately,” said Mkwananzi.

Last week, the US embassy in Harare said it was “monitoring” the trial of Mawarire and challenged government to end “arbitrary arrests” and intimidation of citizens.

Mawarire is currently on trial for addressing the University of Zimbabwe students in July who were demonstrating against fee hikes. US said the arrest of Mawarire was an infringement of freedom of expression and the right of peaceful assembly.

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