Artists slam Mawarire's arrest

HARARE - Several leading artists have taken to social media to castigate the arrest on Tuesday of #ThisFlag campaign founder Evan Mawarire by police for allegedly inciting violence.

The artists did not have kind words for the State for locking up the clergyman dubbed by some as the “Martin Luther King” of Zimbabwe.

Musician and pastor Stanley “Pastor Gee” Gwanzura described the arrest of Mawarire as excessive and unwarranted.

“Evan Mawarire is one of the most peace-loving and progressive Zimbabweans I have ever met. His arrest is a sure sign of what God has put in him — a prophet in the mold of Elijah. His arrest and detention is a travesty of justice in Zimbabwe.

“It is a justice system skewed in favour of repression and fear… We are praying for you Pastor Evan Mawarire. Isaiah 41:10 says, ‘Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God and I will uphold with my righteous right hand’ May the love of God surround you and keep. We speak Psalm 91 over your life,” wrote Pastor Gee on his Facebook page.

Award-winning filmmaker Rufaro Kaseke was even more scathing. He accused President Robert Mugabe of running the country like a tuckshop in a recorded video which he posted on Facebook that has been widely shared on Whatsapp.

“I am going to speak very candidly addressing Mugabe right now, especially after arresting Evan Mawarire, one of the few people who stood up against you and asked you to stop corruption and injustice. You wear spectacles but you can’t see. How many pairs of spectacles do you want to wear for you to see that you are killing the country?

“90 percent of able-bodied and educated people are unemployed; they can’t contribute anything to the economy as they have no jobs.  People die in hospital queues; you teargas children in their homes, beat up women and children for speaking their minds.

“Now you are arresting Evan. We are tired of that, I am talking to you Mugabe; you are tired. We see you every day sleeping on the podium, you don’t want us to express our tiredness towards you?” he said.

Kaseke also echoed Mawarire’s views on the stinging video.

“We have always been asking you to fix the country which you run like your family tuckshop. We are going to shut down that tuckshop so that you go hungry because as long as it is open, your family and cronies will continue to benefit, while we suffer. We are tired Tajamuka.

“Free Mawarire, you are arresting people speaking out against you; you are looking for trouble. You are not helping anything. Instead of arresting corrupt officials who are busy building mansions while hospitals are dilapidated you go and arrest a man who is asking you to fix the country.

“Why are you arresting him? We are tired of corruption, police brutality and this stupidity. If you don’t release Mawarire you are asking for trouble, majaira,” said a fuming Kaseke.

Another filmmaker Joe Njagu also expressed disgust over a doctored screenshot currently circulating in which Mawarire is allegedly telling an unidentified person that the #ThisFlag campaign would earn him a lot of money.

“Don’t be fooled by these goons with those fake screenshots. Their lame tactics won’t work. Evan, needs more than just saying let’s pray for him. We are millions of people against thousands of unpaid police officers. They can’t arrest us all,” he said.

Comments (2)

at least we have artists who now see the light unlike those artists who prop up the regime by providing these thieves with entertauainment at their so called million man march

Gustavoz - 15 July 2016

I heard shingisayi also did a song

kelly - 15 July 2016

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