Mawarire classified as 'dangerous' prisoner

HARARE - Activists cleric Evan Mawarire has been condemned to a section which shelters dangerous prisoners at the Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

Mawarire who was denied bail on Friday following his arrest on charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government, has  been classified as a “D Class” remand prisoner at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

Unless he wins his bail application at the High Court today, Mawarire would be at Chikurubi until February 17 before he goes back to court for his routine remand.

Mawarire’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo confirmed that the popular clergyman was being held at Chikurubi’s D section.

“Yes he is being held in that section. People facing serious crimes, if it is in Harare, they go to Chikurubi Maximum.  It’s not unusual. It is the prisons’ regulations,” Nkomo told the Daily News yesterday.

Mawarire’s #ThisFlag team said the pastor was doing okay in prison.

“We reassure you that he is at peace and has been treated well during his detention.

“He has asked that we respect the rule of law and allow the courts to deliberate his case without providing merit to the accusations that he is subverting a constitutional government,” #ThisFlag team said in a statement yesterday.

“We also ask that you refrain from visiting him as he is only allowed two visitors a day and we would like to give this opportunity to his family. He asks that you continue to pray with him for our country Zimbabwe.”

Mawarire, the founder and campaign leader of the #ThisFlag was arrested on Wednesday evening at the Harare International Airport when he made a surprise return to Zimbabwe from the United States of America where he had been living in self-imposed exile for six months.

After leaving Zimbabwe, he first relocated to South Africa before he eventually settled temporarily in the United States.

Before then, Mawarire had been arrested on what his lawyers had said were trumped up charges that led to his initial contentious detention, allegedly for inciting public violence and stealing a police baton and helmet.

The popular clergyman had at that point helped organise one of the most successful and peaceful demonstrations in the history of post-independent Zimbabwe, with long-suffering citizens heeding his call to stay away from work to protest the country’s worsening rot.

Dubbed Shutdown, the crippling strike forced the panicking Zanu PF government to use excessive force to quell subsequent protests, as Zimbabweans agitated for change.

Comments (8)

lock him up

truth - 7 February 2017

iwe truth lock him up for what? for demanding that we don't want bond notes? or for demanding that Ministers fingered in corruption be investigated? or for demanding that civil servants be paid on time? or for requesting for peace from the police on our roads, who have clearly become a nightmare. if your bosses don't want to be accountable then they should leave office and go and open their own businesses. state work demands accountability, and i am sorry your party doesnt want to be responsible, nor accountable for anything, hence they crack down on anyone who dares ask some genuine questions. Lock him up for what exactly? You need a new brain mr truth, coz clearly the one youre relying on is cooked up.

Gundogan - 7 February 2017

You can never "lock up" the truth and free spirit of an individual. It has been tried by similarly ruthless and unpopular regimes without success. What is dangerous is this confused gang calling itself a govt yet they can't get a single thing right. Only idiots and morons praise that sort of thing.

Sagitarr - 7 February 2017

Why is the regime doing everything to be "creating" this Mawarire into prominance on the local scene? Is he indeed a bait? For those who don't know it, there is no way you can attest that a prisoner stays where they say he is. There is this tunnel system you remember kkkk. The only danger I see is that they will kill him not because he is a danger to them but to cause discord in the opposition ranks. Same Thing they did to Dzamara, though they failed. Either way, tthey are preparing a sacrificial lamb, sorry to say. But those with eyes can see through these machinantions. We have been in the trenches for more than two decades now.

selele - 7 February 2017

mawarire wants to destroy the country

#bring back our flag - 7 February 2017

They are trying to break his spirit

GFF - 7 February 2017

where are we Zimbabweans while the man of cloth is languishing in Chikubi Prison?? Where are the #thisflag prodigees while the famous cleric is not seeing the daylight?? Where are his congregates while the pastor needs their prayers the most?? Where are the Christians while the Reverend is being handed mukombe wakawoma kudai neZanu?? My mind is not mistaken this time..... "This is another miscalculation by Mawarire". Its astonishing that when he was arrested at the height of his fame, thousands thronged Rowton Courts the whole day singing and dancing demanding his release..... this time no one is eager!!! Why I ask myself?? Has the Clergyman lost his glory? Is the public waiting for answers from the Pastor cum Activist?? Is the public still recovering from the betrayal?? Is Mawarire not what Zimbabwe thought he was, a saviour, the one we were always waiting for for deliverance?? All these questions linger like a dark cloud over Zimbabwe. As it is today, we need the bones of the great sons and daughters of Zimbabwe to rise up for the miscalculating clergyman. we need the bones of Kaguvi, Nehanda down to Joshua Nkomo to make noises to get the Cleric out of the filthy prison. This time my mind is set..... this is another miscalculation by the man of cloth!!!!

Mangwanani - 7 February 2017

Leave that lunatic Mawarire. He is harmless.

Cde. Masango - 7 February 2017

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