#ThisFlag’s Mawarire returns, arrested

SOCIAL activist and cleric, Evan Mawarire, of #ThisFlag movement, made a surprise return to Zimbabwe late yesterday afternoon, and was immediately arrested by State security agents as he landed at Harare International Airport.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

This grainy image shows #ThisFlag leader, Evan Mawarire in handcuffs yesterday  (Picture taken from Twitter)
This grainy image shows #ThisFlag leader, Evan Mawarire in handcuffs yesterday (Picture taken from Twitter)

Sources revealed that Mawarire – who left the country six months ago – did not even go through immigration formalities, but was approached by three man, who immediately arrested him.

His lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, revealed earlier that Mawarire was being held at the airport.

“It’s true, he arrived at the airport and was immediately arrested. I have not been able to see him though and I am still trying,” he said at the time.

A grainy picture obtained by NewsDay later showed Mawarire being driven into town at the back of a police vehicle.
Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, also confirmed the cleric was being held by State security agents.

“I can confirm that he has been arrested. There are no fresh charges, he has an outstanding warrant of arrest,” she said.

It was not immediately clear when the said warrant was issued and which magistrate or judge had issued it.

Later, Nkomo told NewsDay that Mawarire had been moved to Harare Central Police Station’s Law and Order Section charged with subversion.

“Mawarire is being charged with subverting a constitutionally-elected government. He is likely to appear in court tomorrow (today),” he said.

Mawarire, Nkomo said, was travelling alone and it was not clear why he returned to Zimbabwe, as many had long assumed he was living in exile.

Mawarire formed social movement, #ThisFlag, after releasing an emotional video calling on Zimbabwe to stand up against President Robert Mugabe’s regime and demanding change.

He led demonstrations against corruption by Mugabe’s government.

Mawarire was first charged with subverting a constitutionally-elected government last July, but a Harare magistrate threw out the charge on a technicality, sparking mass celebrations after a tense vigil at the courts by ordinary people.

#ThisFlag used its Twitter account yesterday to announce Mawarire’s arrest: “Sadly PastorEvanLive has been detained at Harare International Airport after arriving back from SA this afternoon.”

South African media early yesterday reported that Mawarire had nervously announced: “I am going home.

“I only get a few hours a night at the moment. I stay up thinking about what is going to happen to me when I arrive,” he told Daily Maverick on Tuesday.

“At some point, one has to stop wishing they were home, and actually pack their bags and go home.”

Mawarire reportedly spoke using an “encrypted phone”, while still in the US, before flying into South Africa this week indicating he had always wanted to return home.

“Zimbabwe is home for me and my family. That’s the place where we have a right to be without acquiring a visa, we are citizens of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“The President of Zimbabwe made comments to the effect that I was not welcome in Zimbabwe, but he doesn’t get to make that decision for me. I have not committed a crime, I’m not a fugitive, I’m a citizen, and an upstanding citizen for that matter.”

Mawarire said he was aware of the dangers looming ahead as he flew into the country.

“You can never be 100% safe. But I think the amount of work that’s been done over the last couple of months, the different recognition from different platforms and the galvanising of many Zimbabweans that has taken place, for me is a very important constituency for safety,” he said.

In a short video clip with lawyer, Fadzai Mahere, a calm Mawarire – in handcuffs – said he was hopeful he would prevail.

“This is what has happened. Hello everyone, we thank God that I am well. Unfortunately, I have been arrested again,” he said.

“I hope we will get through this. This is home and I have committed no crime and I am allowed to come back home.”

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81 Comments

  1. He should be charged with treason.Why did he come back?Was there a fallout with his American paymasters or he was kicked out by Donald Trump?I always tell you guys,you will never ever rule this country unless you are Zanu PF.Mawarire must be taught a lesson not to cause anarchy in the country.we are waiting for his 5000 lawyers to represent him but he will go to the hangman’s noose alone!we will make sure no one except Zanu PF will rule this country.

    1. Pastor Evan has done what millions of other Zimbabweans have failed to do. He has come back home to try to change the situation and not complain about ZANU PF from the comfort of other countries. By coming back to this country he is making a statement that he is and will always be Zimbabwean. Pastor Evan caused anarchy wow? Which Zimbabwe are you talking about or living in? You say he will go to the hangman’s noose alone???? You forget one thing Zimbabwe will never be the same. You make that mistake and he will be a martyr. Will zanu pf be able to deal with a martyr? Mutoriti yes you can hang him but guess what you can never kill an idea. Someone will take up the cause. Pastor Evan does not need 5000 lawyers. He needs prayer warriors and guess what the church is praying for him. The church is bigger than 5000. If I was you i would be loosing sleep thinking about that army. No one except zanu pf will rule this country? Mutoriti from where I sit and the rest of the world zanu pf is ruling jerk. Zimbabwe is in free fall.

      1. John Q usanyengedze vanhu.munofurirana makawanda but Mawarire ari muchitokisi izvevzi iwe nemhuri yako makarara kumba kwenyu!

        1. @Mutoriti – ko iwe unopihwa mafufu Mugabe nemhuri yake vachidya tunonaka. Pedzezvo you will be at the forefront supporting a doddering 94 year old. Sis mhani!!!!! Of course the povo – including you – suffer while Mugabe and family enjoy themselves in Singapore wasting the little foreign currency that the country has. If he had theinterest ofthe povo at hearth he would fix hospitals, schools, etc. but he does not care about anyone – including ZANU povo. Only their votes. When he comes back home from his expensive trips you all rush to the airport to continue with your unbridled bootlicking. Mugabe is turning 94 soon: he is history. If you are interested in the future you should look to Pastor Evan’s generation for solutions not Mugabe and his hangers-on. They are waiting for their time, which is coming soon. Kamuzu Banda – and those around him -thought he would stay for ever. Where is he now? Icho!!!

        2. You need a head examination Mutoriti….With all that is happening in this country and you have the audacity to say out such rubbish. This guy is a hero period and you are a fool. RIght now our roads are in a terrible state, People in high density areas and kumusha are suffering and cant afford to buy basics. Iwewe if PF is giving u all u need , eat wat we the general povo cant afford, and drive on roads with no potholes then good for u therefore please go to your paymasters and lick their AZZes! and stop writing bull!!!

    2. #thisflag member

      Your clueless Zanu PF party & Gvt fast running out of ideas.All they do is intimidate,intimidate,intimidate but who is afraid anymore?What you do not know is that Mawarire’s handlers calculated & anticipated every one of your silly reactions to his deliberate coming back to Zimbabwe & have a corresponding response to every one of your stupid manouvres. As soon as you make the mistake of releasing him from custody PREPARE FOR THE WELL PLANNED,WELL FUNDED MILLION MAN MARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. fool.

    4. i feel sorry for such useless beings like you. may God help you Mutoriti. I pray with honesty

    5. you dont know what you are talking about, even a layman can see that this country is burning and to hear people like you blaming the likes of Mawarire for this rot…shame on you.

    6. Mutoriti you talk of pay masters you boot licking fool!

    7. you are a fool

    8. Mutoriti you are insane to say the least. In this country the citizens are allowed to voice their concerns through peaceful protests. There are a lot of issues on which the government and police must expend their energy not trying to instil fear in the citizens. Many people have been arrested for flimsy reasons and the most recent one is when Minister Ncube asked a police officer to arrest an MDC-T member for allegedly insulting the president. Mawarire is not causing anarchy but it’s the government that is doing so. If people gather to sing praises of the president nothing happens, but when people gather to demand their bonuses they are accussed of having the intention to overthrow the government.

    9. nekuti imi murikudyaka VaMUTORITI what else can you say

    10. Thats wickedness

    11. Empty vessel making a lot noise. its either you’re PRO zanu and benefiting from its misrule OR you’re extremely stupid Mutoriti. oh Apparantely you’re both hahah absurd mofo

    12. USAPENGE IWE MUTORITI….WHAT DO U MEAN YOU WILL MAKE SURE ZANU PF ALONE WILL RULE THIS COUNTRY….
      WHY THEN DO U EVEN RECOGNISE MDC OR ANY OTHER AS PARTIES THAT EXIST IN THE COUNTRY…WHY ARE YOU EVEN HAVING ELECTIONS IF THAT IS WHAT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN….

      STOP CONFLICTING YOURSELF!!!!!!!!

    13. Evans should rot in prison

    14. You are an insult to humanity. Uri mutoreti chaimo. How can you be speaking in support of mercenaries who are making the people of Zimbabwe suffer. Uri chimbwasungata wanzwa

  2. wishful thinking of the highest order ask Yaya Jammeh followers who cried when he left them behind

  3. God is not a fool, he knows those who truly belong to be behind bars & those that deserve freedom, it’s just a matter of time

  4. You ignorant poopholes will only realise when its too late…..MA1 aya atanga…prepare for a suprise.!!!!!!

  5. Mutoriti it’s better for you to die ? cuz you don’t have a clue you are just simply stupid bastardy

  6. Its unfortunate that Revolutionist Mawarire’s political fireworks subsided and eventually crumbled upon his departure. Not even those yearning for political posts attempted to revive it. Change will never be achieved via armchair critics.

  7. Thank you Mawarire for coming home. Lets finish what we started and kick out this corrupt clueless government of Mugabe out. We want more more demonstrations this year as we prepare for elections next year.

  8. Lets hear of the crime he has committed, he has no case to answer. People are supposed to be arrested are walking freely. Prof Moyo and his subordinates have looted ZIMDEF money to finance ZanuPF functions, why is he not arrested?

  9. thank u for coming back pastor, we are 100% behind you!!!!!

  10. pamberi nekurwisa hudzvanyiriri .toita varanda munyika medu here veduwe .

  11. it stands to be seen whether zimbabwe is ready for change or zanu has prevailed in drowning the voice of the people. this is a test

  12. Kusunga Mawarire ndokwamogona, nxaaaa chihurumende cha Mugabe chava obsolete ichi. Vane mhosva zvine evidence vana Jonathan Moyo, Obert Mpofu havabatwe. 15 billion yakaendepi uye nani . Zvatangaaaa, unoshaiwa kuti munhu anovhotera Zanu Pf akakwana here, toda amwe ma demo akawanda agnst this clueless Mugabe govt which is a stumbling block to the development of our beautiful country. Where else have you ever heard of a 93 yr old president? Ma Zimbabweans ngatiite serious tibvise sekuru ava. Maroads achembera, mahospitals achembera, economy yachembera , haaa mhosha yedu ndeyeiko isu ma zimbabweans??

  13. Mugabe anofarira kuti heeee leave us heee leave us. Iwe Mugabe you are the one who shld leave us . Zimbabwe is not yours, its for Zimbabweans, we want more demonstrations this year

  14. @Mutoilet – who do you represent when you say “we” you and your offspring? Zanu PF? Forever is a very long time and no party has or will ever rule “forever”. even the earth will be destroyed at some point in the future. Thinking is hard work, you’re not up to it!

  15. Akanzi naTrump dzokera vakusunge tione!

  16. Lets see if Mukupe is going to be arrested for diesel scam

  17. I hope you John Q will be brave enough to take the cause!kkkkkkkkkkkkk.kunyengedzana uko.Pamberi ne Zanu PF.Pasi ne Tajamuka.

    1. Missing an i after the o……Mutoiriti!!!!!! Suits you well, u moron!! Nxaaaa… Nekutambudzika kwatirikuita uku iwe wotaura zvekuma….ma!!!

      1. Siyana naMutoriti iwe benzi iwe kana une hasha enda kuna Evans tikuzvamburei mese!

        1. Its what people with little brains think of every time.. “Kurova” I bet u also lick your paymasters AZZ!!! Nxaa. Idyai mari dzekuuraya vanhu mushe apa. one day chete!!

  18. Wezhira wezhara

    I hate Mugabe but I do not sympathize with someone who has come to try and renew the only avenue that has earned him school fees for his children. He is not a nationalist but just a person singing for his supper. What ideology does he have save to say Mugabe must go. Tsvangirayi was sent to prison but he is still with his people. Mawarire does not have people and his church congregants are even less than 50 so I wonder where the unknown supporters will come from. This time he will rot in prison. Infact he ran away from Trump’s policy on immigrants and thought prison is better. Useless fake pastor. To hell with you just like Mugabe himself.

    1. Keep your opinions to yourself mate. Despite being your constitutional right to freedom of speech you can also be sued for defamation. What proof do you have to conclude that the pastor is not real but fake, and who said a pastor with less than 50 congregants is not a pastor? If he indeed is so useless, why will the whole government goes to the end of the earth to incarcerate him on flimsy charges of subversion. It’s wise not to criticize someone early before you really understand where they are coming from or going.

  19. This country will be ungovernable mark our words your arrest people with no criminal records leaving robbers walking scott free arrest all ministers who are stilling from state coffers.

  20. Mutoroti,i think your madness continues.Your mind continues to be fragmented.Everyone is bound by the law and even your ZANU PF killers.Mawarire is back because he is a man.He is here to free you from poverty by removing your so called Zanu pf.Urikumbopihwa chii ko iwe neZANU PF?

  21. Mawarire is brave enough to be called a hero. i didnt believe in this guy but now i can see how much influence he has. this arrest will cause more commotion andf harm than any good. zanu has fallen into the trap. it was a well calculated move thats why he left his family behind. he even said that im going to be arrested or even more will happen to me. so im not sure if zanu ever thinks anymore. whether they kill him or sentence him in imprisonment the guy has given a reason for people to demand justice, freedom, democarcy and independence. we will always arise.

  22. Zimbabwe Yedu Tose

    Welcome back Pastor Mawarire.You are an effective communicator

  23. Wezhira wezhara

    Hee we will always rise. Vana Tinhadzigwe. Iwe unozviti “President” endavo unosungwa kwete kutinhira mwana kuti apare mhosva. Kujeri maARV mashoma anonofa uko. If you are really masters of liberation itayi tione. Stupid puppies

    1. Your opinions don’t represent the thinking of residents of Masvingo or Midlands or Manicaland or Mash East or Mash West Provinces. You may consider dropping the name you are using here.

  24. Mutoroti is a confused insect kikiki worse than a pig

  25. Real subversion is having a 93year old as a president of a country, thats a crime and a half right there

  26. this @Mutoriti reminds me of my dog. it does everything for food, I am the Master. sometimes I feel sorry for coz when I go to Chicken Inn or Karibian bay to eat good food I have to leave it at home keeping an eye and waiting for me

  27. ndixvooo wezhiraaaa

  28. The game changer is back in town! and sure enough the Muritoti’s, the Wezhiras and other zanupf ghosts are already urinating in their pants with fear, kkkkkkkkkkk

  29. WEZHIRA ana Mugabe havana kusungwa here nehurumende yana Smith dai akatya jeri kudaro Smith achiri panyanga izvezvi saka iwe kana uri gwara rara nemukadzi wako vanoda kusunungura nyika vaende mberi. Cher kuhondo hakuna kuendwa nemunhu wese.

    1. Grade two chaiyo kkkkkk. So you think going to prison apparently with no virtues guarantees presidency?

  30. With cowards calling themselves men, like Wezhara , Ian Smith would still be in charge of our beloved fatherland

  31. mutoriti do you still remember that robert mugabe was once in the same place where evans mawarire is today in prison trying to liberate zimbabwe me and you we were in our homes. so today mawarire is in the same situation trying to libarate zimbabwe from cruel zanu pf gvt .whn mugabe was in prison a lot of people used to mock him but his goal was achieved .one day evans will be our hero whether you like or not

  32. TINOTENDA MASANGO

    enough respect to Mawarire what ever happens l’m fully behind you..God bless Zim

  33. learn to do well

  34. Mawarire really proved that he is not a Coward.. Look at Mapfumo he ran away and never returned.. This Mawarire is surely the Hope for all Zimbabweans both in Rural and Urban areas not ZimPF and MDC those guys are opportunists…ViVa Zimbabwe ViVa…ViVa Citizens ViVa…ViVa Mawarire ViVa…hande tioneee!!!!!

  35. We din know Mawarire was back until they arrested him….talk of scoring an own goal…now you have just gave him relevance once more….

  36. Liberation saboteurs like wayward Mutoriti have long been documented even during the independence struggle. Nonetheless, their negative effort is just a storm in a cup of tea and they live to bow their heads in shame ever after once the liberators win.

  37. He met Donald Trump before flying to south africa

  38. @Mutoriti – ko iwe unopihwa mafufu Mugabe nemhuri yake vachidya tunonaka. Pedzezvo you will be at the forefront supporting a doddering 94 year old. Sis mhani!!!!! Of course the povo – including you – suffer while Mugabe and family enjoy themselves in Singapore wasting the little foreign currency that the country has. If he had theinterest ofthe povo at hearth he would fix hospitals, schools, etc. but he does not care about anyone – including ZANU povo. Only their votes. When he comes back home from his expensive trips you all rush to the airport to continue with your unbridled bootlicking. Mugabe is turning 94 soon: he is history. If you are interested in the future you should look to Pastor Evan’s generation for solutions not Mugabe and his hangers-on. They are waiting for their time, which is coming soon. Kamuzu Banda – and those around him -thought he would stay for ever. Where is he now? Icho!!!

  39. you guys hamudzidze that mawarire thing it was ZANU pf’s idea to bring confusion for up coming elections,if it was not a scam why did he flee and come back ……his paymasters is not in America they are here in Zimbabwe and its our oppressors lol….pepukai

  40. you guys hamudzidze that mawarire thing it was ZANU pf’s idea to bring confusion for up coming elections,if it was not a scam why did he flee and come back ……his paymasters is not in America they are here in Zimbabwe and its our oppressors lol….##pepukai

  41. butthole Mutoriti

    Mutoriti arikudya ne zanu thats why he is admant to his ‘selfishness’ the zanu main attribute. kasi chisingaperi chinoshura.. Hitlar aifunga kuti achatonga kusvika hameno, Idi Amini the same.

  42. Its not surprising that Trump could have met Mawarire in USA and told him that he can go back to Zim while they monitor what this murderous regime will do when he arrives.USA will be ready to strike some sense into the cult and that might signal the end of the Bob and his wailers.After all the threats that Mawarire received from Bob he would’t dare coming back without something to fall back on… Just an opinion.

  43. Mwana We Hurudza

    Imi guys you think someone can just come back for no reason. Chinemanenji hachifambisi. This guy wanted tomake his family safe because it had been threatened. He endured all the insults of being a betrayer but he has returned for a fight. Look at protests in USA and learn Mutoriti. Even if ZANU rules, it will never rule in peace. Mawarire and the people are doing permanent emotional demage to those grandfathers.

  44. The voice of the voiceless is back in town and already the panicking zanu without thought have sprang to their self destruction mode. You can kill a person but you can not kill the spirit, the wind of change. Zanu can apply all Nazi tactics but the writing is on the wall, people are fed up and want change, that change is coming whether zanu likes it or not. No one has ever won a war against the people, the people are the government, they decide who should govern them, not through coercion, rape, murder,beatings, corruption etc but through mutual understanding.

  45. If he wasnt so influential they wouldnt arrest him kukwata kauku

  46. You have the guts to write all these comments but you think Zimbabwe is not free. People have a right to demonstrate but not violently like what we witness. I am bitter about such demonstrations because ndakambo temerwa mota yangu. I reiterate that I also hate Mugabe but why turn violent against innocent citizens? If you want a violent removal of Mugabe, please seek for arms of war and go into the bush. I will decide which side to fight for not kuswera muchiti tiri makwara while you are Internet heroes kkkk.

  47. mutoireti chaimo

  48. @idiotic stupid wezhira aka Mutoireti. You seem to be full of human shit. You speak senseless. You come up with different names yet you are one idiot. Hee Mutoireti, Hee wezhira wezhara. How many idiotic names do you need . USELESS

  49. Wezhira wezhara ndaimbofunga kuti unofunga but I hve jus realized that u are also a fool like mutoriti and yo so called president emmerson munangagwa!Kumha——————————ta kwako shamwari yangu

  50. Ana Mutoireti. Its just time God will come through for the people of Zimbabwe. You and all the boot licking gang. we will see who has the last laugh.
    USELESS

  51. Mutoriti@ u are a coward so u think this is fun neh and as people of Zimbabwe we are not hate zanupf tinovenga mabasa enyu ekuuraya nyika nemitemo yekundzvinyirira, vanhu nekutibira, nekudeura ropa risina mosva. Hate RG 93 year of stupid fool kuda kungofira panyanga.;(

  52. a person who comes back to pick up where he left is mostly the rightful candidate for our Zimbabwean revival, I will support all his ideas as long as they bring new Zimbabwe or at least try bring new Zimbabwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Eish sham Mawarire l dont trust this zunupf murders iyi inogona kuita death pnlty

  54. Mutoilet….. Shut UP!!!

  55. this guy shouldn’t have ran away in the first place, we hade very high hopes that his movement was going to change this zim situation but now I don’t think he is going to do anything meaningful, welcome back bro…. bond tanaro fulltime.

  56. #BRING BACK OUR FLAG

    HE SHOULD FACE THE MUSIC…. HE THOUGHT HIS CRIMES WOULD VANISH IF HE GOES INTO SELF EXILE..NOW HE HAS REALIZED THAT HOME IS HOME…

  57. Mutoiteti is a nuisance somebody, a fool of the highest grade, We are busy trying to change this country. You have the guts to defend the oldest president under the sun. The time has for Zanu Pf to go….#this flag zvakwana

  58. personally if zimbabweans can see clearly they should notice mawarires return as the bench mark of historical events that are indeed going to overthrow the government..this is well planned out as you can see with his calm.he noes wat he is doing and the world is watching what will happen.his second coming is significant..muchenjere vana mutoriti kupedzerwa on the eve of your much self proclaimed harmonised elections.

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