#ThisFlag Pastor Evan Mawarire Escapes Death Penalty After Zimbabwe Drops Treason Charges

By Gift Kugara

The Zimbabwean government dropped all treason charges against the #ThisFlag activist Pastor Evan Mawarire on Wednesday.

Mawarire announced on his social media Twitter without giving any reason for the decision to drop the case, which accused Pastor Mawarire of seeking to topple the Mnangagwa government through subverting a constitutionally elected government or alternatively, inciting public violence early this year.

Conviction on a treason charge could have brought the death penalty.

This follows a video of himself he posted on social media calling on locals to stay away from their work places in protest over government’s decision to more than double prices of fuel.