Johanne Marange battle far from over

HARARE - The battle between two Johanne Marange Apostolic Church’s brothers who lead separate factions is far from over, after claims that the matter was improperly withdrawn from court.

According to court papers, the two men at the centre of the dispute, Clemence Momberume and his brother Noah Taguta are fighting over two tins of water, three pots, two wooden boxes containing glasses and a tea pot, 11 priestly garments, seven pieces of church clothing and eight church belts.

The matter appeared resolved after Momberume, who is represented by Thabani Mpofu, allegedly withdrew the court proceedings through his aide Israel Ruwoko.

Momberume however, claims he did not make such a directive, putting the long-standing battle to another possible protracted court process.

The church had to approach the Supreme Court, seeking an order supporting that the withdrawal was above board.

Ruwoko’s lawyer, Tendai Mberi, denied that her client made instructions for the matter to be withdrawn.

Ray Goba, who is representing Johanne Marange church, yesterday told judges Elizabeth Gwaunza, Bharat Patel and Anne-Marie Gowora that the matter had dragged for nine years before being finalised.

He said, since his client successfully applied for rescission of a default judgment, Momberume had not taken any steps to pursue the matter with the courts, before the filing of the withdrawal notice in 2009.

Goba said he believed the withdrawal instruction came directly from Momberume, since Ruwoko had been acting on behalf of him from the beginning.

“In that regard, the facts are clear that the second appellant (Ruwoko) was working on instructions from Respondent (Momberume),” said Goba.

He told the court that the matter should be put to finality.

However, Mpofu said his client had not withdrawn the court case, claiming the church and Ruwoko were working together.

He told the court that Ruwoko, a former chief priest with Momberume’s faction, later defected during the year that the matter was withdrawn. Mpofu said Ruwoko was fighting a cause.

The Supreme Court reserved ruling yesterday.

The two church factions are involved in a protracted battle, which resulted in the jailing of 10 members belonging to Taguta’s faction, after their appeal failed to find favour in the High Court, following a funeral brawl in 2001.

Comments (5)

Mr editor i think you missed a lot of information and now the whole article seems distorted, the long going brawl between Momberume and Taguta (who are actually cousins) is a whole different and ancient ongoing issue whereby Taguta stole the church regalia belonging to Momberume as a goodwill gesture on behalf of their very close family ties to later on announce that he will be heading over it until further notice, which was not according to the prophecy and planning which was already in place then, thus the current matter which you reported here is simply about some unimportant people lusting for power and relevance in a matter which has nothing to do with them (ruwoko). He(ruwoko) when he went to get the case closed, he then sent his sons(Rodwell and Israel Ruwoko jnr) and son in law(Johannes Mudzimba) to go to Momberume"s house and claim his personal garments and material which you listed there so as it would seem a way to buy back in to Taguta's church. This is the current issue in which this current stort is basically focusing on. There is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes which i would gladly share with you dear editor if need be. I am writing from my phone so please excuse any typos etc.

Judah - 9 February 2014

please apa ndokukundikana kuendesana kumatare emhosva epanyika vanhu vanoteeera zvemweya zvinoreva kuwira pasi kwechechi hombe nekuda kwehukuru uye kurasa mweya mutsvene wamakambenge munawo isu venyika toti kudiyi nhaimi uye musape nguva nehuremo kumagarments nemvura nmastvimbo hachisi chiro kuna mwari mwari anoda munhu kwete zvinhu saka ane zvinhu izvozv musiiyeyi nazo tiione kwaachasvika

innoh - 10 February 2014

Is this the guy who was driving a stolen vehicle yet he is in a church with a lot of prophets. They did not foresee him driving a stolen vehicle since he also uses stolen regalia kikiki.

Maita Manyuka - 10 February 2014

Yours truly has for all time known that, this satanic religion is there to keep confusing the pple as long as the two demons fight until destruction fanally takes them unaware. So to the followers of these two evil guys, your destruction is fast approching whilst you are waist deep in this false religion. Sorry for Eternity.

Truly Yours - 10 February 2014

Truly yours, im sorry you feel this way about this remarkable church, however, if there is anything we have come to understand now is everyone has a right to free choice of religion, your poor choice of words is very worrying given the out right way you expressed yourself as saying you our destruction is fast approaching, you will see who will be destroyed first, me and this as you put it'satanic church' or you with your very own beliefs. God bless

Judah - 10 February 2014

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