I miss my wife: Mawarire

HARARE - Activist clergyman Evan Mawarire says he misses his wife and kids he left behind in the United States when he made a surprise return to Zimbabwe early this year after his self-imposed exile.

Mawarire shot to prominence last year in July when thousands of workers heeded his call to stay away from work in protest over the falling standards of living and economic decay blamed on President Robert Mugabe’s government.

He was arrested on charges he claimed were fanciful before relocating his family to the US until February.

“My family is safe away from this country. When I went overseas, I left them there and I think for me, that is the only consolation I have that they are safe,” he told the Daily News in an exclusive interview that will be published on Sunday.

“It’s very difficult to be away from my family. I miss my wife and my children and my newest daughter has grown up and doesn’t know me, and I think that’s the price that we have to pay to be able to get the kind of freedoms that we are looking for.

“Many people paid that same price when they went to war in the 60s and the 70s and I think our generation has to also face the fact that the kind of freedom we want for our nation is going to come at a price.

“And we have to start paying that price and this is part of it, not being with my family,” added the cleric.

His absence after he fled to the US drew condemnation from supporters, who accused him of abandoning them when his leadership was needed.

“I think when I did leave; it did slow the momentum or the movement.

“I think we can’t run away from that, people had an expectation, and you know when people are desperate and something looks like it’s going in the direction of their expectations, they really want it to work, and I have always said to people that, had I been in their shoes, I would have possibly been as disappointed as they were when I left.

“But I also think that if they were in my shoes, they would have understood why I made the decision that I made at the time.

“My wife and children had been threatened, my wife was pregnant, and I really wanted to make sure that my daughter was born well, and that I spend some time with her before I came back, and one of the things that I’m excited about is that I fulfilled my promise of coming back home to Zimbabwe,” Mawarire told the Daily News.

Comments (10)

Pastor wedu avo

Clemence Tashaya - 7 September 2017

Speak for yourself Clemence Tashaya.

Nyagano - 7 September 2017

Mind the above comment. It's not all ple yearning for a free Zimbabwe.

jr - 7 September 2017

Let's get started Pastor. We are ready for the next step on the journey to freedom.

murenga - 7 September 2017

Nothing will be achieved through this man. Just another desperate person in our midst.

Jojo - 8 September 2017

@jr, you can say that again, a couple maggots are feasting on this rot & they loth anyone or anything that attempts to clean up the trash!

SaManyika Chaiye - 8 September 2017

Rare Zimbabwean breed brave man indeed

sinyo - 8 September 2017

Are you part of the grand coalition pastor?You will be a very good ingredient of the grand coalition.Join it.

wise - 8 September 2017

This Pastor could see what many of us couldnot see. The bond note haisi mari and will not solve our problems. The evidence is now there for all to see. Unless one is blind like Jojo

Taxman - 11 September 2017

pastor is now horny, vaakufunga mukadzi....kkkk

chirandu - 14 September 2017

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