Harare – Zimbabwe's activist and cleric, Evan Mawarire has reportedly been detained at the Harare International Airport soon after his arrival from exile in the United States.
According to News Day, Mawarire "surprisingly" jetted into Harare on Tuesday and was arrested by State security agents.
Mawarire's legal counsil Harrison Nkomo confirmed the arrest.
"It’s true he arrived at the airport and was immediately arrested. I have not been able to see him though and I am still trying," Nkomo was quoted as saying.
Mawarire had been in exile in the United States for six months.
Twitter went abuzz soon after the news that he had been arrested.
See some of the tweets below.
A regime afraid of its own people...@PastorEvanLive detained at Harare International Airport— Elias Mambo (@elias_mambo) February 1, 2017
Sorry, wrong handle before - @PastorEvanLive has been detained for questioning on arrival at Harare International Airport.— Simon Allison (@simonallison) February 1, 2017
Mawarire became famous after he launched the #ThisFlag movement against state corruption and poverty – which rattled longtime President Robert Mugabe and his government to an extent not seen for years.
More to follow...