- Pastor Mawarire opened up about his two-week imprisonment
- He was arrested for allegedly inciting violence
- He has now been released bail
Zimbabwean pastor and social justice activist, Evan Mawarire, opened up about his arrest and imprisonment on social media. Pastor Mawarire shared a video on social media, detailing his struggles and offering his prayers and support to the innocent men that still remain behind bars.
The controversial pastor also thanked Zimbabweans for their support and encouraged the world to pray for the troubled country.
Mawarire was imprisoned in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on the outskirts of Harare. Ater two long weeks, he was released on stringent bail. Mawaire was imprisoned alongside other men fighting for their values, including three 16-year-old young men, Briefly.co.za learned.
Chikurubi is known for its severe conditions, including abuse of prisoners, overcrowding and poor hygienic conditions.
Zimbabwean police arrested Mawarire at his home on 16 January. His arrest was in retaliation for Mawarire encouraging anti-government protests in the country, using online platforms. The police claim he was inciting violence.
His family were distressed and unable to contact him.
The protests were a response to president Mnangagwa’s crippling fuel price hike, as Briefly.co.za reported earlier. The police’s attempt at containing the protests spurred by the fuel price increase, resulted in at least five deaths. The government partially shut off access to the internet.
Protestors set a police station alight and looted shops.
Upon hearing about his release, blesssings and wishs for the pastor poured in through social media, asserting that the charges laid against him were “cooked up”.
But not all Zimbabweans agreed with the pastors preaching. Many believed he was inciting violence for money and political power.
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