25 Vapositori arrested

HARARE - At least 25 members of the Madzibaba Ishamea Mufani Johane Masowe Church have reportedly been arrested for assaulting police officers and journalists.

While police spokesperson Charity Charamba was not picking her mobile phone yesterday, she told State TV on Friday that six members of the Budiriro 2-based Johane Masowe sect had been arrested.

But sources said yesterday more sect members had been rounded up in connection with the violence, with authorities moving in to seal the church venue.

Charamba said the police would not countenance lawlessness, strongly condemning the behaviour of the sect members.

She said police “will quash lawlessness from any quarter”.

An official close to the investigation told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday: “25 people have so far been arrested and the investigations are ongoing. We expect more people to be arrested.”

The melee occurred after Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Johannes Ndanga — who was in the company of about 20 anti-riot police officers — told about 300 Johanne Masowe apostolic sect members at their holy shrine that he had banned the church for abuse of women and girls among other things.



The members were congregated at their sacred shrine in the high-density suburb of Budiriro 2 in Harare when Ndanga addressed them.

Three police officers were seriously injured while three others escaped with minor injuries.

A ZBC photographer, who tried to film the incident, was also clobbered by the marauding congregants using their shepherd’s crooks. Windows of a ZBC van were also smashed in the stand-off.

Lameck Chitope, ACCZ Harare provincial chairman, was bludgeoned on the head with a shepherd’s crook and sustained serious injuries.

Journalists and ACCZ members had to take refuge at Budiriro 2 Police Station as the agitated mapostori bayed for their blood.

Prior to the clash, Ndanga said he was banning the church for a number of transgressions.

“As ACCZ, we discovered that you denied over 400 children of school-going age access to education,” he said.

“There is rampant physical, mental, emotional, psychological as well as economic abuse of the girl child and women,” he said amid heckling from the agitated members of the sect.

The ACCZ president then dropped the bombshell, saying he was banning the church for practising “operation recovery” in which church elders were demanding that all girls married after losing their virginity must be send back to their parents’ home.

“You force your congregants to sell their properties so as to guarantee them entry into what is termed Canaan,” Ndanga said.

“There is severe abuse of church congregants and their families or relatives by way of not allowing pregnant women to attend either ante-natal and or post-natal care from trained medical personnel as this is regarded as satanic.

“You coerce church members not to possess technological gadgets such as television sets and cell phones under unfounded religious claims where Madzibaba Ishamel is calling himself ‘God’.”

Women rights groups condemned the abuse of women and girls.

Musasa Project executive director Netty Musanhu told State TV that the abuse was a microcosm of the abuse in the church, saying it could be worse in rural areas.

“We have said that churches have to be regulated and some have told us to keep quiet but this just enhances our argument.  We cannot have children in Budiriro not going to school and saying that is freedom of worship,” Musanhu said.

Virgina Muwanigwa, Women Coalition of Zimbabwe chairperson, said:  “It’s unfortunate when you have a church refusing children their right to attend school and violating their rights. This is an opportunity to have the situation addressed.”

Comments (22)

Vanga vajaira vana Mayaya now vakazosangana ne Boko Haram .

kokorigo - 1 June 2014

While not condoning this violence and the allegations against this church which if true are gross, it is my opinion that the police provoked them. The police must investigate these allegations and identify individuals who have committed crimes and then arrest them as individuals. Doing so NOT even at their site (sowe) . Enforcing a ban on this type of congregation is like chasing and trying to catch shadows. This is an informal organisation, most probably not registered, no physical address of operation, no records, no premises, etc.. If the allegations are true, then the most appropriate action is to make arrests and prosecute the culprits. A ban leaves the culprits roaming about freely, to continue committing crimes. The approach of the police, ( i.e. helmets, baton sticks, shields etc.) created an impression of war on the congregants, compounded by the message from ACCZ President and their reaction became natural in the circumstances taking into consideration the literacy levels and the effects of their doctrines and beliefs. The doctrines of these churches definitely leave a lot to be desired, mainly because they are not founded on the principle of education, modernisation etc.,but rather on sentiments veiled in what they often term spiritual discernment. It is their right and its not a crime. Its one of the freedoms enshrined in the constitution. Free worship. It is my belief that its not all the congregants who committed these crimes, and an umbrella ban is therefore misdirected. What about the women and girls who appear to be the main victims of the allegations? What benefit do they get from the so called ban?

mosquito - 1 June 2014

FREEDOM TO WORSHIP ONE'S RELIGION IS A HUMAN RIGHT. WHAT ARE FIND OBJECTIBLE IS THAT WORSHIPPING SESSIONS ARE HELD CLOSE TO ROADS AND THE PLACES HAVE NO TOILETS. I SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENFORCE WORSIPPERS TO ASSEMBLY AT LEAST FIVE KILOMETRES FROM ROADS AND THAT TOILETS ARE PROVIDED AT ALL SIGHTS. ANOTHER ISSUE IS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE ITNA LAW THAT ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE SENT TO SCHOOL. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NEVER NEVER ALLOW THE BOKO HARAM DOCTRINE TO GROW IN ZIMBABWE.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 1 June 2014

FREEDOM TO WORSHIP ONE'S RELIGION IS A HUMAN RIGHT. WHAT I FIND OBJECTIBLE IS THAT WORSHIPPING SESSIONS ARE HELD CLOSE TO ROADS AND THE PLACES HAVE NO TOILETS. I SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENFORCE WORSIPPERS TO ASSEMBLY AT LEAST FIVE KILOMETRES FROM ROADS AND THAT TOILETS ARE PROVIDED AT ALL SIGHTS. ANOTHER ISSUE IS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTRODUDUCE A LAW THAT ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE SENT TO SCHOOL. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NEVER NEVER ALLOW THE BOKO HARAM DOCTRINE TO GROW IN ZIMBABWE.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 1 June 2014

Zvakaitika zvakaitika.If the ACCZ has some form of authority and thus power to ban churches then the question is when this church was founded did they not have a founding document or constitution which spell out its values and practices ?If there is nothing then ACCZ played a part in authoring the dirt practices of abuse in this church.If the documents are in place then it means ACCZ nursed a problem because such things do not just crop up like a once off big bang problem.If there were measures to monitor practices of churches it means early statistical reports could have send red warning signals and appropriate action taken early.Banning this church is not the solution but hunting down the real lawbreakers is.Dai vana officer vasina kurohwa.

Dean - 1 June 2014

wana wese ngawaende kuchikoro ichokwadi zvino zvikoro zvacho zvazviri kudzinga watadza kubhadara fees panoitwa sei manje madzibaba lshumairi wanobva wati mukana wobva woshaya kuziwa kuti zviri kumbofamba sei.

nyanga - 1 June 2014

Unotoshaya kuti zvirikufamba sei

KONDO - 1 June 2014

Ko vana madzibaba havasivo vakavhotera bato ririkutonga here?Mukweguru haasi iye atakaona akapfeka magamendzi avo here? Tsvimbo vakamumanikidza kutakura here?Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Duduza - 2 June 2014

Hatibvumi kuti nyika yedu itongwe ne Bhoko Haram.

Don Wezhira - 2 June 2014

any person or church for that matter who denies the girl child their fundamental right to be a citizen of this country must be punished. punish and banish these backward people please

rina - 2 June 2014

HAPANA CHAKAIPA KURUMWA NECHEKUCHERA. ITS YOU WHO VOTED IN YOUR NUMBERS FOR THE PRESIDENT. SO THATS YOUR COMPANSATION, YOU MUST RECEIVE IT WITH BOTH HANDS. ITS YOURS TAKE IT. YOU MUST THANK GOD FOR THE GOODNESS OF YOUR PRAYERS. LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMAMBWE AND APOSTOLIC R.G. MUGABE.

BAASVIRI - 2 June 2014

i think vapostora ava vakaramba kushandiswa kupolitics ndosaka church yavo ichida kubaniwa,ndanga kaita mkristu riniko,izvo zvikoro zvacho zviripiko zvamunoti vana vaende,

watosvorwa - 2 June 2014

VANOENDAKO VANOZVIDA HAUNGAENDE PAUSINGAFARIRI HAZVIITE NGATITAUREI CHOKWA TIPONE PAKUTENDA KWEDU

JOSH HANYANA - 2 June 2014

zvakaoma kuitwa brainwash varume vakuru iyo nhamo sure inoitisa munhu zvakaoma nxaaa Mwari pindirai Or ndiko kwatokupindira kwamaita uku.

tawa - 2 June 2014

People the real issue is we must encourage this religious grouping to afford basic human rights to our future generation. Education is a currency that knows no inflation and will give one options in life. Inasmuch as it is a human right to have freedom of worship, it is a human right to be educated and empowered in order to make your own decisions. Even the Word of God says: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.." 2 Tim 2:15.

voiceofwisdom - 2 June 2014

@josh hanyana. its true those elders who go there do that not under force, but bare in mind they go with their kid who would later be denied the basic aspects of life. so dont say they do it willingly. consider loumtwana Mr.

tobaiwa - 2 June 2014

Chinondirwadza vana. Vana ngavaregedzwe vakure vagozosarudza zvavanoda. sei munhu achida kuroora virgin iye asiri virgin? ko vaakabvisa virginity iyi vacharoorwa nani? ko vana sikana vanozvibvisa venga virginity here. iyi haisi church yamwari.!! vakuru can choose for themselves what about the innocent child? Ma Zimbabwe let us condone bad actions. just imagine if it was your child who is being abused. munhu ngazvipfimbire oga mukadzi kwete kuda kupihwa!! vano rambidza technology nokuti vanotya kuti vanhu vanozovhurika meso veduee mazimbabwe let us fight for our children

Pained Amai. - 2 June 2014

The problem is these vapositori deny the Bible which is the Word of the God of Christians.This disqualifies them to be Christians because the manual book of Christianity is the Bible.You can not operate Christianity without this manual.Christians are Warriors not those who wrestle with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers of darkness.Christianity is different to any other religion because it respects the laws of the respective country. Christianity reflect Christ and Christ reflect God so who are these vapositori reflecting.If they are a reflection of Christ NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THEM WOULD HAVE PROSPERED.This shows they are with the side of the devil.

Truely - 2 June 2014

Oh God help your people for they have forsaken your true ways and teachings and have decided to for follow their own egos. Shame on these vapositori unotobva washaya kuziva kuti wavanonamata ndiyani chaizvo. Kane nyika iine freedom of worship zvoreva here kuti vanhu vave pamusoro pemutemo. We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior yakaitwa nesangano iri and the law must take its course

mukwada - 3 June 2014

Handiziviwo, muZimbabwe mava nefree education here or education for all? Hupenyu hwakaoma zvokuti vanhu varikushaya chokudya, vana varikudzingirwa fees kuzvikoro imi moti mwana ngaaende chete kuchikoro. Saka apa vanakomana ndovarikuenda kuchikoro here kana kuti havsikuendawo? Dambudziko iri riri kumasowe chete here kana kuti nevanhuwo vasinganamati havasi kukwanisa kudzidzisa vana vavo. Zvakakosha kunzwisisa chinamato chekumasowe kwete kuda kuti vaite nhengo dzeACCZ kuti muwane kuvadhadharisa mutero. Apa muri kurwa neinzwi vakomana, hondo yacho hamuihwini.

Manyanya - 3 June 2014

mapostori ngaasungwe nemutemo but mapurisa anofanira kugara achirohwa dzimwe dzenguva kutsiva zvavanombotiitao tisina yatapara

baba Ndombi - 5 June 2014

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