HARARE – PROMINENT Zimbabwe pastor, Evan Mawarire, remains defiant in the face of persecution by the government of President Robert Mugabe.
Speaking for the first time after his release from the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Prison for allegedly influencing the overthrow of Mugabe, the outspoken church leader vowed to mobilise millions of Zimbabweans to fight cronyism and dictatorship.
“The journey we are walking is not a 100-metre sprint. My belief is, it is a journey not to transform a moment, but a whole future and so this is part of the journey we are continuing. This is why we are out there putting our lives in danger in order to provide for them. The kind of change that Zimbabwe is undergoing cannot be stopped.”
He called on Zimbabweans to speak out against economic and political problems despite this exposing them to persecution.
“On my own I will not be good enough, it does not matter how many videos I make or the number of times I am arrested.”
Mawarire (39) was arrested recently upon his return from six-month self exile in the United States.
The treason charge he faces carries a death sentence in Zimbabwe. He is also facing charges of insulting the Zimbabwean flag for his popular This Flag campaign for the restoration of human rights.
Mawarire is out on bail of $300 (R4,500) and is expected back in court on Friday.
Meanwhile, Mawarire provided a glimpse of life in Zimbabweans prisons following his release.
“The overcrowding, the poor medical care, treatment and surroundings is true of our everyday lives,” he said.
– CAJ News