They Tried To Kidnap Me But They Failed - Mawarire

They Tried To Kidnap Me But They Failed - Mawarire
Published: 2016 July 10 08:28:19 (2094 Views)

#THISFlag movement kingpin pastor Evan Mawarire claims he survived an attempt to kidnap him on Friday night after those behind the abduction failed. 


On Friday he released a video recounting the incident, which he said happened at his Harare home.


“Fellow citizens, tonight has been one of those tough nights. Some men tried to abduct me against my own will, but they failed. I thank God,” Mawarire says in the video.


He said it was regrettable that some of the people involved in the coordination of the shutdown were being targeted by police.


The government has gained notoriety for its brutal response to dissent. Last year another activist Itai Dzamara was abducted and has not been accounted for.


Mawarire said the people would not bow down until their demands, which include the reduction of police roadblocks, paying civil servants on time, lifting the import ban on basic commodities and rescinding the decision to introduce bond notes among others, were addressed.


“Mr government, why can you not extend a hand that says I agree or that says let’s discuss. Why must you always extend handcuffs that say I want to lock you away and you are my enemy when you disagree?” he said, in reference to the arrest of protest leaders.


“That is the problem that we have in Zimbabwe, that you call people enemies just because they have challenged you on anything. That must change otherwise we are going nowhere,” he said.


He called upon the nation to brace for a two-day shutdown on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  “We say to government, if you don’t respond to our demands, we are shutting down again,” he said.


“Citizens, I want to ask you for a favour. I know we did this together last week and let’s prepare to do it again; I plead with you citizens, this is the only way this government will understand,” he concluded. 




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