Evan Mawarire who was prosecuted for leading large anti-government protests when former president Robert Mugabe was a leader has conceded defeat in his bid to be elected as a ward councilor in the capital, Harare.
The pastor who had launched the #ThisFlag protest campaign on social media, congratulated Jacob Mafume, a candidate from an opposition coalition led by the Movement for Democratic Change party. Mawarire ran as an independent.
Mr Mawarire congratulated the winner in a tweet:
With much respect & admiration I congratulate Jacob Mafume @JMafume of the MDC Alliance on his win of the Mt Pleasant ward 17 council seat. You ran well my friend and I wish you the best as you serve the people of Mt Pleasant & the city of Harare. pic.twitter.com/aDY30HJYXU
— #ThisFlag E Mawarire (@PastorEvanLive) July 31, 2018
Mawarire was acquitted of subversion soon after the resignation of Mugabe following a military takeover in November. The judge who threw out the case against him was Priscilla Chigumba, who is overseeing Zimbabwe’s election as head of the electoral commission.
The first election results are expected on Tuesday afternoon. President Emmerson Mnangagwa and top opposition leader Nelson Chamisa both have expressed optimism about the results.
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