Live Updates: #ThisFlag followers besiege court

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More than a thousand Zimbabweans have besieged the Harare magistrates' court in solidarity with #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire

More than a thousand Zimbabweans have besieged the Harare magistrates’ court in solidarity with #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire who is facing charges of inciting violence.

NewsDay gives you live updates of what is taking place at the Harare magistrates’ court:

The state has changed the charge against Mawarire to “subverting a constitutional government” from earlier charge of inciting violence.
The state has changed the charge against Mawarire to “subverting a constitutional government” from earlier charge of inciting violence.

16:28 Harrison addresses people and says they have 20-30 minutes. The crowd is growing more agitated as time drags on while it also appears the state security agents are being beefed up outside. Slogans now being chanted.

16:21 Defence lawyer Harrison has been asked by the magistrate to go and address thousands of supporters outside the court.

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15:58 More police reinforcements coming in as people gather at the court exit. There is some tension here as the court session appears to be coming towards the end.

15:25 Nkomo says the state abducted Mawarire and gives an example of Jestina Mukoko.

15:20 Nkomo says changing the charge is unconstitutional.

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15:05 Police misled the magistrate to get search warranty.

15:03 Nkomo says the accused is unlawfully in court.

15:00 lawyer Harrison Nkomo accuses court of unprofessionalism…change of charges and now he is informing Mawarire of the changes.

Crowd-justice

14:46 The crowd outside the court has swelled. People continue to sing.

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14:45 ZLHR spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda says state has changed the charge against Mawarire to “subverting a constitutional government” from earlier charge of inciting violence.

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13:33 A woman weeps during a prayer session to free Mawarire.

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13:32 Mawarire is yet to appear in court. People are singing in front of the court as more pour in.

13:01There is a battle at the door as #ThisFlag supporters want to force their way into the court.

 20:40 Lawyers in solidarity with Pastor Evan at the courts.

20:40 Lawyers in solidarity with Pastor Evan at the courts.

12:25 Delay in court case…defence counsel says investigating officer left bail opposing affidavits at home.

NewsFlash:  The Magistrate presiding on the case is currently nowhere to be seen.

In retrospect: 

Cops seize Mawarire’s phone

Zimbabwe police have reportedly seized #ThisFlag Pastor Evan Mawarire’s mobile phone handset during a search of his home after his arrest on charges of inciting violence this morning, sources close to the developments have revealed.
In a search warrant that is circulating on social media, police are also alleging that Mawarire stole a baton stick and police helmet with the intention to incite violence.
Mawarire – who last week was one of those spearheading the largely successful nationwide stay-away – had earlier this morning reported to Harare Central Police Station with a bible and his flag but without his mobile phone.

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11:44 Emotional moments as people sit in front of the court and start singing.

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11:36 Anti-riot police closing entrance to court 6.

11:30 Mawarire back in court after being whisked through back entrance.

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11:21 Tempers flare as police deny people entry into the court where Mawarire is reportedly in.

More than a thousand Zimbabweans have besieged the Harare magistrates' court in solidarity with #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire
More than a thousand Zimbabweans have besieged the Harare magistrates’ court in solidarity with #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire

Police have since taken Mawarire back to Harare Central police station, apparently for further detention.

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Dozens of police details, armed with baton sticks are also at the court where #Tajamuka pressure group leader Promise Mkwananzi made an address, reiterating they were not intending to cause any violence.

Updates by Tinotenda Samukange and Tapiwa Zivira,Online
Pictures by Aaron Ufumeli and Shepherd Tozvireva

77 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks to all Zimbabweans in Harare who stood up to show their support to Pastor Mawarire.
    The Government should know that its not about one person that is fedup, We are all FED UP.
    Its time they should start taking us serious

    • Thousand my foot between 150 and 200 people otherwise if from pictures we see you say its more than thousand what figure using same measurement would those who attended Million man march be, OR Macheso show. Pictures do not lie. Thats why you are showing us only the middle part of the gathering tipeyiyo the whole picture tione.

  2. Wow. Considering all these people came by themselves. No announcement. No bussing. Most well to do professionals. Lawyers etc. No political party.
    Then I an convinced people are now speaking.
    Even Zanu-PF is envying this surpport. Lol

  3. taneta hatichada!!!! Tatojamuka so……i winder how the ruling party feels. This is a seriously striking similarity to the events that occures during the colonial regime, as they (todays leaders) were being brought before the colonial regime for crimes of fighting for justice. They love talking about those issues, appealing to our emotion to synpathise with them for such brutal treatment they faced in the hands of the white man. Today its them hackling people into court, causing disappearances of civil justice protesters. How is this any different to them nhai maZimbo…….i know, its out own flesh and blood treating us terribly bad.

    I hope therebis a special hell for zanu pf leaders for making us suffer so much. Zimbabweans are scattered all over the world, people working jobs they hate, sleeping in bad conditions and living life rediculed by nationalities of the countires they live in.

    nxaaaaa, Mwari torayi vanhu ava!!!

  4. The people who thronged the magistrate court were all bussed in by the Western powers!! CONFIRM CORRUPT CHOMBO?

  5. Thank you people but why are those policemen standing at the door they should leave us to hear for ourselves and see with our own eye

    • Fellow Zimbabweans. Am very proud of you l support your peserverence and hard working. Mugabe knows that we nolonger love him so he nolonger loves us. Ryt now Chihuri is busy mobilising the brutality of people. Evidenced by what happened to Honourable Munyaradzi Kereke, this will just applies to those people like Kasukuwere high looters. You see they now depends on Mugabe who is covering them but when things turned down you shall see. He Munyaradzi Kereke was also a dependend od Tomana who (Tomana ) is also under fire.

      Lets go ahead Zimbabweans. Lets stay away we no longer need Mugabe’s help, we nolonger need Zanu PF

  6. Fellow Zimbabweans. Am very proud of you l support your peserverence and hard working. Mugabe knows that we nolonger love him so he nolonger loves us. Ryt now Chihuri is busy mobilising the brutality of people. Evidenced by what happened to Honourable Munyaradzi Kereke, this will just applies to those people like Kasukuwere high looters. You see they now depends on Mugabe who is covering them but when things turned down you shall see. He Munyaradzi Kereke was also a dependend od Tomana who (Tomana ) is also under fire.

    Lets go ahead Zimbabweans. Lets stay away we no longer need Mugabe’s help, we nolonger need Zanu PF

  7. you can arrest Evan but u cant arrest an idea and that idea is an end to corruption return of justice and let me say it the removal of Robert Mathibili aka Mugabe and his Zanu pf

  8. this feels good amongst zimbos being affliated to one another thru common cause and fightt against tyrany and brutality of this corrupt evil regime they want to plunder our spirit but thy will never crush us,I bet zanu failed party is envying this support without colour,race,gender nor oppositon political figureheads its evil to fight agnst the simple man on the street,let this dracula gvnt bite the dust the struggle cntinues

  9. Fools you think you can remove Mugabe through whats up and stay aways NEVER WILL THAT HAPPEN WHAT YOU NEED IS TO BE LIKE RENAMO WERE LIVE AMMUNATION IS USED.YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME THE SO CALLED PASTOR MAWARIRE.

    • so wat are u saying about mugabe,.. he is sturbbon?? from wat u r saying// one thing is certain after all is done .. he is going to die and wil not rule foreva.. exept if u are suggesting that he is immortal..

    • Wakajaidzwa iwe rega uchizviti fool your utterances proof utori benzi iwe , PAMBERI NA MAWARIRE ,OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN , DELIVER US FROM THIS EVIL LEADER, FOR THY IS THE KINDOM. AMEN

      Proverbs 29:2
      When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

      Proverbs 28:15
      Verse Concepts
      Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people

      Isaiah 1:23

      Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

      Proverbs 16:12 – [It is] an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

      MWARI ANESU PANE ZVATIRIKUITA

      ALUTA CONTINUA

    • Iwe fools we serve a living God. The force behind pastor Evan is bigger than you and your ZANU of gvt. Kana makangwara flee now coz when our God strikes you will not like it.

  10. ndakutopinda mukombi kuuya Ku magistrate kobatana nevamwe, thanks Newsday ndange ndashaya kuti vanhu varipi. Anyone with zim flags a market has arisen at the magistrate court.

  11. God is angry about what z going on ryt now i saw this before Daniel 8 its not compared abt what z going to happen may mighty warriors go from end of heaven to the end of earth destroying all evil if Pastor is a real man of God u dont have to worry God will fight for him as He did to Daniel , Shadrech and so on at the appointed tym it shall end , our prayers are going to be answered , when you see it u will know that the hand of the Lord its not too short to save .

  12. by now zanu pf shld be aware dt pple nolonger fear them thousands of pple stormed the court in support of our pastor the guy shld be freed #freepastorevan

  13. July ,August, pano September pay dz evashandi maOne ,bond takati kwete isu vana vevhu, matadza for 36yrs .Hamunakusunungura vanhu kuzova sungirira pamunoda imi ,tatenda GO!!!!!!

  14. U will hear Zanu Pf imbeciles saying its the French , the British , and the US who brought people to the court hearing of Pastor Evans. Its time Zanu Pf realizes that people in Zimbabwe are tired of this useless and corrupt government of Mugabe and Zanu Pf, the signs are clear now. Siyabonga ma Zimbabweans for the good work and solidarity you have shown.

  15. UNOTI KANA UNEBVUDZI JENA NDIYO LICENCE YEKU ATTACKER MUPOROFITA LOOK AT THIS UCHAVADII VANHU VESE AVA NHAI CHOMBO , ENDA KUMU POROFITA UNOTI SORRY SHOW US THE WAY . YOU ARE SO SILLY.

  16. When men of ability are punished their authority spreads. Its a long walk to freedom as Mandela once alluded. These are the tell tell signs of people’s unhappiness. Nothing has ever succeeded without the will of the people. Look at Southern Africa all countries have changed leadership in line with people’s choices. You can silence one person but not all. Some people are going to die but their death is not going to be in vain.

    Its high time ZANU change from within so that it becomes less painful for them.

  17. Thanks everyone for the show of support. This shows the regime that we are no longer afraid

  18. You can silence the people. They have spoken loud and clear. All races in and out of Zimbabwe. Thank you Zimbabweans the unwavering support. The regime is going. The may say the stay away has failed but we are at the court in dozens to support Pastor Mawarire one of us. The power of the people will always be victorious. It may not be today but tomorrow. The struggle continues. Heroes live forever.

  19. All those supporters at the court have nothing to do,honestly how can you waste precious time at the courts supporting someone who is causing chaos in the country.vanhu munofurirana zvenhema,izvezvi ari kurara muchitokisi ega imi muchinorara zvakanaka kudzimba dzenyu muchitamba nemhuri dzenyu!please find something better to do with your time!

    • Iwe The Observer, we don’t care. It’s not your time that’s being wasted. iwe uri kuitei chisvinu neprecious time yako. Siyana nevanhu!

    • Wow, you’ve chosen a fitting moniker. I wonder what planet you’re observing from.

  20. 1000 cheerleaders vs 13m Zimbabweans. The minute you see the face of a white man then you know something is amiss??????????????

    • Vamuita celebrity muchinda uyu. Police yakadhakwa nyaya hadziite dzokugadzirwa vakomana. Batai vanhu vane nyaya not wasting state resources as what you are doing. That is utter foolishness, insensitive and barbaric. Batai mbavha vakuru veuori vana Tyson, nana musoro muchena vekutenga Zimbabwe yose, nana chedumbu vekunyangadisa $15 Billion, nana Zesagate. Why stoep so low and persecute innocent civilians. Can’t you see the murders who deseve to be in cells. #Shamethisregime.

  21. You can be supported by 10 million people and be wrong. The crowd means nothing. Ivo Pastor pamberi paMWARI is he doing the right thing. Is it about the suffering people that he is championing whatever cause he is purporting to be after. We have seen people doing this to the people of Zimbabwe for their own ends. Morgan started this when in ZCTU and later on went to form the MDC. Chimanikire did the same at the then PTC and went on to join politics. I stand corrected and want to believe that whatever Mawarire is doing is for the betterment of Zimbabwe and let us not bring the Lord’s name in vain.

  22. patrick utete waita mutete wena -utikwanire nxaa 🙁 🙁 🙁 Zim hold on zvichanaka chete ticharya tikaguta 🙂 Mwari anoona

  23. @L Makombe ko mubible vana Samuel vaisatsiura madzimambo here? Vana Elijah vakangoita the same saka iye akanganisei. He is not wrong he did the right thing. Men of God should be voices of the voiceless like what Evan has been doing. We are with you in prayer Pastor, the Lord will fight for us.

  24. Zimbabweans now want #OneVoice under the name of #thisFlag, #ShutdownZimbabwe . Our Gov be warner with what history have, form our Neighbor South Africa, here is the history they have in common, Hector Pieterson was born in 1963. He became the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa when a newspaper photograph by Sam Nzima – of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student – was published around the world

  25. Local blacks cannot think or plan. It is only the work of some white alien or foreign country’s representative leading the people astray. Then, how were the liberation political outfits formed in the 1950s and 1960s when the country had far less educated people than now? There must have been a lot of white influence then. That’s why each time the current leadership faces a problem with locals they then think it is a result of western whites’ ideas. That is how they came to be what they are and so, now they don’t want other people to get the same push as they did. Otherwise, their end will definitely be nigh because they know how deadly that can become. Somewhere on the internet one finds the suggestion that the breakaway from zapu was actually instigated by rhodesian white special branch elements.

    • that is true..and for the first time race is not the issue, Zimbabweans in every color stand united as one..

  26. We are praying to the Living God that the voices of Evans be heard. We will march by faith in solidarity of the Evans. Pastor Evans are Zimbos crying for an accountable governance. I hope vaMugabe varikunzwa.

  27. May God be with u Pastor. The mob is behind u as witnessed at the court. The lawyers also showed solidarity to you. 100 lawyers for 1 client. above all, all angels of the most high are also with u. To you old Mugabe, we are no longer in fear, ENOUGH Z ENOUGH. Ko nhai iwe Chombo were all these people and all these lawyers brought by Britain, France and US. Uri benzi. to hell with u. CHOMBO Go and tell Mugabe, Kasukuwere, Mnangagwa, Chinamasa, Moyo and all your other thugs that your are digging your own GRAVE.

  28. For how long shall we suffer…Oh God you promised that you have no plans to hurt us but to make us prosper. Stand by your servant in these difficult times.

  29. May God be with u Pastor. The mob is behind u as witnessed at the court. The lawyers also showed solidarity to you. 100 lawyers for 1 client. above all, all angels of the most high are also with u. To you old Mugabe, we are no longer in fear, ENOUGH Z ENOUGH. Ko nhai iwe Chombo were all these people and all these lawyers brought by Britain, France and US. Uri benzi. to hell with u. CHOMBO Go and tell Mugabe, Kasukuwere, Mnangagwa, Chinamasa, Moyo and all your other thugs that your are digging your own GRAVE. TANETA HATICHADA, TAJAMUKA

  30. We are fed up Wont they hear us? Do they want violence so they can give us an ear? We said it boldly ‘No violence’ yet when we use our none violent methods they look at us as weak. There was a liberation war to free the Zimbabwean. There will be another to free the younger generation. What drove the second Chimurenga will drive whats coming and i am sure you know it will be unstoppable. Zimbabwe is ours too even though we did not fight for it. Listen to the children of Zimbabwe before its too late

  31. kuno kuchiredzi we are with the man of God bigg up to Pastor mawarire, no weapon formed against you shall prosper, they will all fall. They come in one way but they will flee in seven different ways.

  32. Cfuij nuhé treêdc vysswa my renewals Grace Fake Phd. Uńyastrę koïnangt srewanu mbratezh agunguluia. ChikonangombeFfdsswa versarw zesanyanje s hytrfzev kii? toyi toyo toyi…. What?

  33. Here is what the constitution says

    67 Political rights
    (1) Every Zimbabwean citizen has the right—
    (a) to free, fair and regular elections for any elective public office established in terms of this Constitution
    or any other law; and
    (b) to make political choices freely.
    (2) Subject to this Constitution, every Zimbabwean citizen has the right—
    (a) to form, to join and to participate in the activities of a political party or organisation of their
    choice;
    (b) to campaign freely and peacefully for a political party or cause;
    (c) to participate in peaceful political activity; and
    (d) to participate, individually or collectively, in gatherings or groups or in any other manner, in
    peaceful activities to influence, challenge or support the policies of the Government or any political
    or whatever cause

    So where is the Suversion. Pliz align Criminal Codification act with the Constitution

  34. That charge sheet looks like it was typed really quickly by a pissed drunkard with no spell check at all!!
    That is one piece of sh!t charge sheet indeed.

  35. @This flag___ We are in full support of the Pastor. To hell with those that talk nonsense!! Taneta nembavha idzi.

  36. kkkk “on divers occasions whether inside Evan Mawarire” LOLEST asikanaka it was typed on the go #thisflag kwakuseri

    • ndozvinoita kupererwa @Christine Alexis. Zviya zvaiita dofo kana richikopa zvarisingazive kuchikoro kkkkk

  37. Government of Zimbabwe, Congratulations you have just selected the new president by going through these motions. Call to all Zimbabweans to now stand up, and fight. no more messing around with being quite. ZANU PF does not understand peace , lets fight for our new President. I call on all businesses to pull down the picture of Mugabe on your premises he is no longer the peoples resident. he is no longer legit. Close your shops, ignore the road blocks. Good luck ZIMBABWE the time is now. do not miss this chance

  38. Well done people of Zimbabwe. The government reaction is one of desperation. Stand together united and strong, you have suffered enough.

  39. Well done to all Zimbabweans who showed their support for Pastor Evan. Jesus teaches that if you do anything for His people (or in this case, His servant) you have done it for Him. He will reward you all. Lets keep the pressure up. Tomorrow is another day to stand for what is right. Nobody else- not SADC, not the AU, NOT THE UN, not Zuma and certainly not the Zanu PF – will stand for us more than we can stand for ourselves.

  40. On the offset ,let me make clear my Judeo- Christian perspective. Our beloved patriots who are now incarcerated are secular n religious n we belong together under God. Too many times we forget government is only permissible to serve people. The compatriots in prisons, dungeons n in graves are folks like us, with families n children n mothers n fathers n grandparents n friends. Together,we shall overcome n break the chains from our people. Let freedom ring on every mountain in our country n let liberty flow like a mighty rIver till the dawn of our liberation in the coming new day of democracy, without fear n oppression n deceit n murders n poverty n callousness n stealing the populace’s resources, our resources. God bless u patriots n God bless our beloved brother Reverend Mawarire

  41. The Zimbabweans are speaking against oppression and corrupt leaders. Those who take our wealth to foreign lands are shivering. Mugabe supports these corrupt cronies of his. He has never fired any minister for corruption since 1980. This shows that they have something in common. When a fish rotes it start from the head. So let’s soldier on and fight the monster. Aluta continua. Vanceremosh.

  42. I liked the fact that Zimbabweans came together not involving any political party. We are tired of politics, let them do politics. The huge gathering in Harare in support of Mawarire sang church songs, apolitical songs, I like that. For people not to align them to any political party is good. Mwari aitire Zimbabwe zvakanaka. God is with us. We do not care who is on the throne what we want is a better Zimbabwe ruled by people who are not corrupt who are not selfish who have people at heart.

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