A PASTOR who's just spent six weeks in jail for
predicting Robert Mugabe's death says he collected a tin of lice to show the
Zimbabwe president just how bad prison life is, according to a newspaper.
The Daily News
quotes Patrick Mugadza (his other name is Phillip) from Kariba saying: "I
had collected lice because I wanted to bring them over just to say, ‘Mr
President, these are your boys in the prison who are just eating people’."
But Patrick said he'd lost his tin of lice.
Mugadza was arrested in January 2017 for saying Mugabe
would die on October 17 this year.
The #ThisFlag movement of well-known Zimbabwe pastor Evan
Mawarire took up Mugadza's cause while he was in prison, calling for his
release. Mawarire himself spent a week in custody in February.
Mugadza first came to public notice for holding a one-man
protest against the longtime Zimbabwe leader outside a ruling party conference
in Victoria Falls in December 2015. He told the Daily News that his recent experience in prison was
"nasty" and that he'd seen guards beating inmates.
Dissatisfaction is rife in Zimbabwe, where the president
has just gone on his fourth foreign trip in 19 days. Floods last month caused
widespread damage in the south of the country, where $100 million (about R1,270
billion) is believed to be needed for road repairs alone.
Many are conscious that elections will be held next year
and that Mugabe - for the moment at least - says he will stand again. There are
moves from the ruling party to stop biometric voter registration, which the opposition
was largely in favour of.
Opposition parties under the banner of the National
Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) say they will hold a protest in Harare on
Wednesday to press for electoral reforms.