Zimbabwe: Pastor Accused of trying to topple Mugabe’s govt Set free


By FRANCIS OGBONNA

A Zimbabwean activist and clergyman, pastor Evan Mawarire who was last year accused of trying to overthrow ex-president Mugabe’s government was on Wednesday acquitted.

Pastor Mawarire had organised a protest in 2016 that shut down major cities of the South African country as well as paralysed public transportation.

The court ruling came a week after Mugabe, who ruled for nearly 40 years, was ousted by a military intervention.

"There is no evidence that he (Mawarire) urged a violent removal of government," high court judge Priscilla Chigumba said in her ruling.

The judge said Mawarire had called for non-violent protests in response to the country's economic crisis.


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