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Ncube, Mawarire paying a life threatening price for their patriotism to Zim

First a disclaimer. I’m a huge Trevor Ncube fan, have been for decades. To the extent that I begged him to serve on the Moneyweb board during the time I controlled that JSE-listed company. He is a loyal friend, too, leaving that directorate soon after my departure. Apart from being blessed with journalistic and entrepreneurial talents, Trevor is also a Man of God who possesses deep integrity and great courage. It is shocking to hear Ncube now has reason to fear for his life. As does the religious leader who started the movement Ncube supports, #ThisFlag instigator Pastor Evan Mawarire. Sometimes birthing democracy requires great sacrifice. But in this modern age, nobody should be subjected to the kind of threats these two men are having to deal with. – Alec Hogg

From News24

Harare – Zimbabwean business and media mogul Trevor Ncube has claimed that he fears for his life after mysterious visits to his Harare home by suspected members of military intelligence over the past two weeks, reported NewsDay on Wednesday.

Trevor Ncube. Pic: Twitter.
Trevor Ncube. Pic: Twitter.

On his Facebook page, Ncube wrote that he had opened a case against the unidentified men, adding that preliminary indications were that the car that was used by the suspected men belonged to military intelligence.

In another  Facebook post, he claimed that on Wednesday last week two unknown men visited his home for the second time after they had not found him at home the previous weekend.

According to a previous NewsDay report, a relative of Ncube claimed that one of the suspects was wearing a military uniform, and demanded to know who owned the property, before taking a tour of the chicken project run at the house.

“They were not friendly at all, asking a lot of questions, demanding to know the owner of the property and insisted they wanted to tour our chicken project. But, we refused for security reasons,” the unidentified staffer was quoted as saying.

Ncube is a staunch supporter of exiled pastor Evan Mawarire, who galvanised Zimbabweans to speak up against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

He is a vocal supporter of the citizen’s movement dubbed #ThisFlag. – News24

Source:  http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/zim-media-mogul-fears-for-his-life-20160817-2

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

From News24

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.

Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire looks on during his interview with Reuters in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 19, 2016. Picture taken July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire looks on during his interview with Reuters in Johannesburg, South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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.

– News 24

Source: http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/im-terrified-for-my-life-zim-pastor-mawarire-tells-critics-20160816-2

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