Evan Marariwe arrested, charged with inciting public violence for #ZimShutDown

Zimbabwean activist, Pastor Evan Marariwe, has been arrested by the authorities and charged with 'inciting violence'.

Marariwe, who led the #ZimShutDown2016 public stay-away across the country, has gained support from Zimbabweans and the African diaspora in his campaign against President Robert Mugabe's repressive regime. He again called for a 2-day stay (on Wednesday and Thursday) after the government failed to meet their demands.

702's John Robbie spoke to analyst and lawyer, Brian Kagora, regarding the recent developments in the country since the protesters began.

These are the demands that protesters have listed:

  • for corrupt government officials to be fired and face the full might of the law
  • for an end to the various road blocks by police across the country
  • for the import ban on South African products to be lifted
  • that government pay public servants' salaries on time
  • a commitment from government to stop issuing bond notes and attend to the country's cash crisis

Marariwe has pleaded with protesters not to engage in any destruction of public property or violent acts.

Listen to the conversation below:

We now have a new sense of urgency among the citizens, not only about retiring Mugabe but also dealing with structural and socio-economic issues.

Brian Kagora, political analyst and lawyer

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