Pastor arrested during church service after comment on country’s Economy

 

Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire was on Sunday arrested during a church service after he posted a video bemoaning the country’s worsening economic troubles.

 

Though having been arrested several times for his dissenting views, his lawyer Harrison Nkomo informed the congregation about his arrest saying “he has been charged with subverting a constitutional government”.

 

“He is detained at Harare central police station and we are preparing for his appearance in court,” said Nkomo.

 

Mawarire is currently facing charges of misconduct and inciting violence after he addressed university students striking over fee hikes in February.

 

He is also due in court on Monday for a separate charge of trying to remove the government.

 

On Saturday, Mawarire posted a video on social media showing long queues at fuel stations with petrol and diesel supplies scarce across Zimbabwe as the economy buckles under a foreign currency shortage.

 

Zimbabwe adopted the US dollar and other foreign currencies to stem galloping inflation which peaked at 231 million percent officially, and resorted to introducing bond notes -– a surrogate currency –- last year as banks ran short of foreign currency.

 

But the bond notes have not eased the country’s currency woes.

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