As reported by NewsDay, Zimbabwe police have reportedly seized #ThisFlag Pastor Evan Mawarire’s mobile phone handset during a search of his home after his arrest on charges of inciting violence this morning, sources close to the developments have revealed.
Mawarire – who last week was one of those spearheading the largely successful nationwide stay-away – had earlier this morning reported to Harare Central Police Station with a bible and his flag but without his mobile phone.
Reliable sources at Harare Central told NewsDay that CID law and order head, Assistant Commissioner Chrispen Makedenge had been making efforts to secure a warrant from a magistrate to get access to Mawarire’s mobile phone.
Police have searched his house in Avondale, his offices and church.
Meanwhile MDC-T MP Thabitha Khumalo, who was accompanied by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights lawyers to Bulawayo Central Police Station where had been summoned to appear, has been reportedly release while in Masvingo, ZLHR lawyers are reportedly representing pro-democracy campaigner and coordinator of the Masvingo Residents Trust, Prosper Tiringindi in court after he was summoned to answer to charges of disorderly conduct.
The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in Zimbabwe has condemned what it called the “unlawful arrest” of #ThisFlag movement Pastor Evan Mawarire on Tuesday, saying “the man has no criminal case to answer.”
In calling for Mawarire’s immediate release the MDC-T said President Mugabe’s regime “absolutely has no respect for the supreme law of the land. This is a regime that routinely and invariably violates the basic tenets of the Constitution, particularly when it comes to the respect and observance of fundamental human rights and freedoms.” Nehanda Radio