My safety lies with the citizens: Mawarire

HARARE - The leader of #ThisFlag campaign Evan Mawarire has assured Zimbabweans that he is safe, amid fears he might be abducted.

Speaking in a video a day after his release, Mawarire said he was at a safe location, after the court freed him of charges of attempting to subvert a constitutional government.

“I want to assure you that I am safe, my safety is in the citizens that’s what I saw yesterday, everyone, that is every citizen should have that kind of support that you showed me yesterday,” Mawarire said.

“Abductions should not happen in Zimbabwe. You should always be treated with dignity and feel safe at home. I am safe, I am well looked after because ndiri muvanhu (I am with the people).”

Observers have described Mawarire’s arrest and charge as a ploy by government to break his spirit and destabilise the civic movement.

Mawarire, a pastor, said the other force in the movement, as shown by July 11 proceedings when the court accused authorities of acting unconstitutionally, was God.

“There was a fourth man in the fire, that was able to see to it that justice was served,” he said.

“I must be honest with you, you go through a moment of fear when you start something of this nature, but you get to a point where you get over that and realise, what happened is much bigger than me, and is much bigger than what I am afraid of.”

On the day he was released, Mawarire walked out to a huge frenzied crowd.

He said he was “amazed” by the support shown by Zimbabweans across the world.

“Right across the world, I heard people were praying. In the UK, in South Africa, America, Australia, in Zimbabwe — Bulawayo, I was told there were people who went to the court while I was in Harare.

“In Harare, there were thousands of people when I came out of the court. I could not believe what I saw...

“This is what it means to be united in building our country. You did so well.

“There was no violence, no one was fighting, no one was throwing stones. Zimbabweans are peaceful people and we can do this very well in peace.

“When we are engaging government on what we want, we are not hating you, no.

“We want you to know the reality on the ground.

“Remember, continue to pray for Zimbabwe. God is doing something special and amazing. There is a hope inside you that this country needs, and if you don’t get involved, you are robbing us of that hope.”

Academic, lawyer and political analyst Alex Magaisa took to his blog to shed light on the Zanu PF government’s plot to destroy the citizens’ movement.

“The politics behind this charge (subverting a constitutional government) is clearly to harass and break Mawarire’s spirit and those who are inspired by his message of peaceful demonstrations,” Magaisa wrote.

“Whatever Mawarire has done, he has kept within the bounds of the law, as any responsible citizen should do. He has asserted his abiding loyalty to the flag.

“He has not formed a political party nor does he have any structure or capacity to take over functions of government.

“In fact, some of his critics argue that he has no plan or alternative.

“How can a man who does not have an alternative be accused of trying to take over government?

“The State had raised the charge simply to make it more difficult for Mawarire to get bail and to set an example to other citizens.”

He said Zanu PF was the leopard that does not change its spots when it comes to dealing with its alleged enemies.

“If Mawarire is guilty, then millions of his fellow citizens would probably join him in jail, too.

“The State must not make criminals out of honest citizens who are simply expressing their unhappiness and calling for corrective measures.

“But these charges are familiar against perceived political opponents. It is not the usual treason charge, but now Mawarire joins an illustrious list of dissenters who have been charged with similar offences; Dumiso Dabengwa, Lookout Masuku, Ndabaningi Sithole, Morgan Tsvangirai and a few others,” Magaisa said.

Comments (8)

It cant be true he has to be ok not harmed Mugabe dont dare hurt this son of zimbabwe he did not do anything wrong let us talk what is wrong with you and your gang of killers if anything happens to him and his family you and your family will be in trouble relaes him now God please intervene We send fire fire! Fire! Fire! to to all who want to hurt him AMEN

gondo - 16 July 2016

be well brother.. be strong... i dream of a day the whole country walks into the city centre..peacefully but evryone from every corner just comes to occuppy harare and we see where they will take us... Jam all roads.. Park cars everywhere but peacefully fill up the city .... #Jam Harare.. lets go pastor!!

Angry guest - 16 July 2016

"He has not formed a political party ...." You hit the nail on the head. To change the status quo is only feasible if everyone goes in the streets and demand enough is enough. Mugabe has mastered wicked ways of squashing any credible opposition party. So if we want to be serious about dealing with the devil hitting the streets with our feet is the only answer. Anybody who may disagree with me is day dreaming. Kana yakwana nguva munhu wese zvichamutuma kuti aende mustreet. Haisati yanyatsokwana nguva; hazvisati zvanyatsogwadza.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 16 July 2016

I am for hit/jam the streets also. I think it's a noble idea because it will be difficult for the devil, masquerading as police to abuse us. #jamharare

misty - 16 July 2016

publicity stunt,pastor stick to issues of faith

truth - 16 July 2016

it doesn't require a politically educated person to tell that Mugabe is now history muti warereka varume lets push it further Mugabe is gone his end is gonna be very embarrassing

peacelover - 16 July 2016

it doesn't require a politically educated person to tell that Mugabe is now history muti warereka varume lets push it further Mugabe is gone his end is gonna be very embarrassing

peacelover - 16 July 2016

ZanuPF is in a flap about this Pastor. Zim propaganda piece reads "US, UK Summon Evan Mawarire" claiming he is off to his foreign backers, also claim he was conveniently unavailable (His cellphone is with the police).

Nooshie - 17 July 2016

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