#ShutDownZim2019: Mawarire to remain behind bars until High Court rules on bail next week

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A protestor burns tyres in Emakhandeni high -density surburb in Bulawayo on Monday morning. Pic by Mbuso Ncube

Incarcerated Human rights activist and #ThisFlag proponent, Evan Mawarire will remain behind bars after the High Court decided to set down his bail ruling to next week.
Justice Tawanda Chitapi presided over the case.
Mawarire who was arrested on January 16 is facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government. Mawarire will spend the weekend in custody at Chikurubi.
Mawarire and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa recorded a video in which the ZCTU was calling for a stay away on Monday January 14 but some citizens decided to take to the streets.
This resulted in violent protests which led to deaths and injuries as well as looting of shops.
He was refused conditional freedom by a Harare magistrate Lucy Mungwari after which he decided to approach the High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi seeking to appeal the court’s ruling.
Prosecutors opposed bail arguing that his accomplice Peter Mutasa was on the run so they may team up and may offend again.