I'm terrified for my life, Zim pastor Mawarire tells critics

Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, wrapped in the Zimbabwean National flag, recording an instalment of his #ThisFlag video series.(Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)
Zimbabwean cleric Evan Mawarire, wrapped in the Zimbabwean National flag, recording an instalment of his #ThisFlag video series.(Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

London – The founder of the #ThisFlag movement, Pastor Evan Mawarire, has hit back at his critics over his self-imposed United States (US) exile, saying that it was the only way to stay alive and continue his fight for a better Zimbabwe, a report said on Tuesday.

According to New Zimbabwe, Mawarire believed that too many people who had been fighting against President Robert Mugabe’s regime had already died in the country. As a result, he did not want to become another "hero". 

The 39-year-old cleric apologised for his decision, but insisted that he made his decision after being warned by government officials on a number of occasions. 

Mawarire further claimed that he feared for his life and that of his family.

"Right now I am terrified for my life and lives of my family. We have lost enough people in Zimbabwe. I don’t want to be another martyr. I want to help rebuild my country," Mawarire was quoted as saying.

Recent reports indicated that Mawarire was travelling to the US to meet compatriots and consider his next move.

But, his self imposed exile to the US has caused a social media uproar, with some labelling him a coward who abandoned his countrymen and sought refuge in foreign lands.

Meanwhile, some of his supporters defended him saying that he had shown many Zimbabweans how to speak up, thus it was up to them to continue the fight. 





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