Zimbabwe pastor Evan Mawarire sues police for $65 000 – report

Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire has reportedly “filed a $65 000 lawsuit against the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for unlawful arrest and detention at the height of his anti-government protests last year”.

NewsDay and other media reports in Zimbabwe are reporting that Mawarire filed the summons on Tuesday this week.

Mawarire is the head of a small church in Harare, become well known two years ago when he posted a video to Facebook of himself draped in the Zimbabwe flag, in the video his seen voicing his frustrations about the economic hardships and hopelessness facing many Zimbabweans.

This video caused a social uprising and movement and Mawarire helped organise a massive stay-at-home protest in July 2016, the protest shut down towns and cities across the country.

For his actions he was arrested and detained but later freed.

On his return from exile in the United States the state pressed fresh charges against him last February. For his trial, the state relied heavily on the Facebook videos.

The state had four witnesses were lined up to testify against him, one of the witnesses likened him to Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram – before the case was eventually struck off the role due to technicalities.

NewsDay reported that Mawarire cited Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu, ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga, Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge, Detective Inspector Edmore Runganga and a Detective Inspector Phiri, as respondents.

In the court papers, Mawarire the pastor said during the time he was arrested, he was unable to perform his church duties, and this led to a loss of income.

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