HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president is attacking the pastor who organized a nationwide strike against the government, saying he should move to another country if he’s unhappy with conditions at home.
It is the first time President Robert Mugabe has mentioned Evan Mawarire publicly by name.
Mawarire last week was briefly arrested and charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government before being freed by a court in the capital, Harare.
Mugabe on Tuesday attacked the 39-year-old social media campaigner for allegedly inciting violence.
The 92-year-old president was speaking at the burial of Charles Utete, the former British colony’s first black chief secretary to the Cabinet and president.
Mugabe has accused Western countries of sponsoring the recent anti-government protests. He urged Mawarire to relocate to one of them.