Mu­gabe: Evan Mawarire spon­sored by for­eign coun­tries

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Zimbabwean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe has ac­cused a pas­tor who or­ga­nized a na­tion­wide strike against the gov­ern­ment of be­ing spon­sored by for­eign coun­tries al­legedly try­ing to desta­bilise his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It was the first time Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe had men­tioned Evan Mawarire pub­licly by name.

Mawarire was briefly last ar­rested week and charged with sub­vert­ing a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected gov­ern­ment be­fore be­ing freed by a court in the cap­i­tal, Harare. Hun­dreds of cheer­ing sup­port­ers greeted his re­lease.

His calls on so­cial me­dia for a boy­cott ear­lier this month drew a strong re­sponse from peo­ple frus­trated by Zim­babwe’s deep­en­ing eco­nomic prob­lems.

Mawarire was ar­rested ahead of the strike.

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