Promise Mkwanazi, the national spokesperson for the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has fled the country and sought refuge in an undisclosed nation. This move comes after the police offered a $1,000 cash reward for any information leading to his arrest.
In a tweet posted on Thursday, Mkwanazi explained that he left the country due to what he called a “witch-hunt” by the police. He stated that he had been trying to avoid detention merely for speaking out against what he perceived as a fraudulent election. He expressed his commitment to continue working and advocating for change from his new location.
Mkwanazi assured his followers that the Zimbabwean crisis would soon be resolved and emphasized that he had no pending legal cases with the police. He mentioned that he had been cleared of previous charges against him and remained steadfast in his dedication to the cause of change. He urged everyone to stay peaceful, vigilant, and focused on ensuring a fresh, free, and fair election in Zimbabwe.
“Following protracted efforts to get me detained for no crime other than speaking out against a sham election, I have summarily left the country. I will continue to do my work & fight for change from my new station until the Zimbabwean crisis has been resolved which is not long, trust me. Once again, I wish to reiterate that I have no pending cases with the police. I was cleared of all the flimsy charges previously placed against me. My resolve to fight for change runs deeper than they can imagine. Let us remain peaceful, vigilant & focused on ensuring that Zimbabwe holds a fresh, free & election,” he said.
However, despite Mkwanazi’s denial of pending arrest warrants, the police insisted that he had unresolved cases. In a statement on Thursday, police said Mkwanazi is facing two charges related to violations of specific sections of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23. The police claimed that he had defaulted on court proceedings and had arrest warrants issued against him, as indicated by case numbers Harare Central CR2627/07/19 and Harare Magistrate Court CRB12115/19.
Additionally, Clayd Mashozhera and Noel Mhunhuweyi are reportedly facing three charges, including assault and malicious damage to property. These charges stem from an incident in Sunningdale on August 23 last year, during which they allegedly assaulted four individuals and set fire to their vehicles.