HARARE — A Zimbabwean court has acquited activist pastor Evan Mawarire on Wednesday after finding him not guilty of subversion trying to overthrow former president Robert Mugabe in protests last year that shut down major cities and paralysed public transport.
The court ruling came a week after Mugabe, who ruled for nearly 40 years, was ousted by a military intervention recently.
“There is no evidence that he (Mawarire) urged a violent removal of government,” high court judge Priscilla Chigumba said in her ruling.
The judge also said Mawarire had called for non-violent protests in response to the country’s economic crisis.
“This could be evidence of a freer Zimbabwe but this case had no legs to stand on. I think a lot more needs to be seen to determine whether this is a free judiciary going forward,” Mawarire told reporters in the courtroom soon after Judge Priscilla Chigumba’s judgment.
Mawarire became the face of anti-Mugabe demonstrations last year when he posted an Internet video of him wearing the national flag and lamenting Zimbabwe’s troubles.
In 2016, pastor Mawarire led a stay-at-home demonstration that lead to the first of his several arrests.The pastor’s #ThisFlag movement had been a thorn in the side of the former Mugabe government.
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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV
KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.
During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.
A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.
On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.
Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.
Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.Follow @gorkhapost