UPDATE: ThisFlag pastor charged with subversion again


Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire appeared in a packed Harare courtroom draped in the Zimbabwean flag after spending the night in police cells as officers searched his house, church and office.

JOHANNESBURG - Outspoken Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire Mawarire was charged on Sunday with subversion after being arrested at his Harare church.

His lawyer Harrison Nkomo said Mawarire was facing a charge of subverting a constitutionally elected government following a video he published on Saturday about fuel queues and price hikes in the shops.

Mawarire, the founder of the ThisFlag campaign and  a vocal critic of President Robert Mugabe, announced his arrest on Sunday morning via social media.


He was arrested in June for allegedly addressing medical students who were striking over a university fee hike. Last week, he pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct and incitement.

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He is expected to appear in court on Monday on charges of trying to remove the government dating back to last year.

He was also arrested in February on his return from the US.

Zimbabweans condemned his latest apprehension.