Zimbabwean protest leader remanded in custody

Harare – Zimbabwean protest leader Evan Mawarire was remanded in custody by a court in Harare on Friday after police arrested him on charges of subverting the government and inciting public violence.

Mawarire, an evangelical pastor, started the popular “This Flag” protest movement last year, becoming a figurehead of opposition to veteran President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

He was detained at Harare airport as he returned to the country on Wednesday after fleeing in July in fear for his life when Mugabe publicly denounced him.

Magistrate Elisha Singano remanded Mawarire in custody until February 17 and said he could apply for bail at the high court.

Zimbabwe security forces cracked down last year after internet activism by the “This Flag” movement led to a series of anti-government protests and work strikes.

“He (Mawarire) urged all Zimbabweans not to go to work and revolt against the government,” Edmore Nyazamba, the public prosecutor, told the court after reading out the charges.

Source: Angola Press News Agency