Zimbabwean pastor likened to Nigeria’s Boko Haram


Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire who organised a national shutdown last year through his social media platform #ThisFlag was yesterday likened to the Nigeria Islamic group Boko Haram which is causing havoc in northern Nigeria.

Mawarire is on trial for attempting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe through his campaign on the social media last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Edmore Runganga yesterday likened Mawarire’s #ThisFlag to Boko Haram saying: “He started with a church and transformed it into a movement.”

Mawarire, he said, “is very influential and people listen to him as a man of God”.

Mawarire denies the charges saying he was merely exercising his constitutional right.

He also denies that he intended to overthrow Mugabe.

The trial continues.


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