Africa 17.8.2016 12:20 pm

Zim info minister calls #ThisFlag activist pastor a terrorist

FILE PICTURE: A Zimbabwean, wearing a tee-shirt and a sign bearing a portrait of Robert Mugabe, greets President Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony on August 22, 2013 at the 60,000-seater sports stadium in Harare. Veteran leader Robert Mugabe was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president for another five-year term before a stadium packed with tens of thousands of jubilant supporters. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

FILE PICTURE: A Zimbabwean, wearing a tee-shirt and a sign bearing a portrait of Robert Mugabe, greets President Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony on August 22, 2013 at the 60,000-seater sports stadium in Harare. Veteran leader Robert Mugabe was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president for another five-year term before a stadium packed with tens of thousands of jubilant supporters. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

The minister says government is aware of individuals ‘being aided and abetted by hostile countries’.

Zimbabwe’s Media and Broadcasting Minister Christopher Mushowe on Tuesday labelled #This Flag activist Pastor Evan Mawarire a Western-sponsored terrorist.

Addressing a press conference at his Munhumutapa offices, Mushowe said government was aware of individuals who were being aided and abetted by hostile countries and were squatting in cyberspaces with their public stances.

He said individuals such as Victor Dube, Jeff Judah Hossana, Tapiwa Marimbe and #Tajamuka were circulating subversive messages that posed a threat to the constitutional order in the country.

“The link between these elements and intelligence services of hostile nations is now well known, much as some of them vainly seek the cloak of religion or other professional identities. One such character, Evan Mawarire, has since shown his true colours and is now where he truly belongs, in the arms of his handlers,” he said.

Mushowe said countries that were sponsoring the groups and individuals should desist from interfering in the affairs of the country, as Zimbabwe never interfered in the affairs of any country.

“Let those countries that have always pretended to fight terrorism now explain to us how their aiding and abetting of these terrorists squatting in cyberspace coheres with their self-proclaimed public stances,” he said.

He claimed the Zimbabwe government had enough instruments to deal with the threat posed by individuals, adding that ordinary Zimbabweans should be wary of traitorous characters.

“Government is aware of activists in the country collaborating with the diaspora cyber terrorists. They must be warned that the long arm of the law is encircling them. Often their activities have been coordinated with disgruntled elements in the diaspora who think that their diaspora status gives them both immunity and impunity,” he said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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