Tuesday, 26 July 2016

MAWARIRE'S LIFE IN DANGER, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Amnesty International says Pastor Evan Mawarire’s life is at risk following protests he organised together with Tajamuka-Sesijikile campaign that shut down Zimbabwe on July 6th.

In a statement, Amnesty International urged Zimbabwean authorities to ensure the safety, personal security and well-being of Pastor Mawarire of #Thisflag movement.

Amnesty International further appealed to Zimbabwe to end harassment, arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention of human rights defenders and activists and perceived enemies of the state.

In an interview with Studio 7, Pastor Mawarire said he he would return to Zimbabwe once he is assured of his safety and that of his family.

"I have to ensure that my family and I are safe before I return home following President Robert Mugabe's address at the Heroes Acre where he accused me of being a fake pastor sponsored by the West," said Pastor Mawarire.

He said following the president's remarks he has received numerous threatening calls while in South Africa and there have been people inquiring about his whereabouts, making him very fearful of his life.

Zanu PF youth took to the streets last week to signal their support of the president and threatened to thwart Pastor Mawarire's efforts to make the government accountable.

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