More Vapositori granted bail

HARARE - Fourteen of the 24 members of the Madzibaba Ishamea Mufani’s Johanne Masowe Church have finally walked out of remand prison after initially failing to raise $100 bail, while 10 of their co-accused were granted bail at the magistrates’ courts.

The 14 appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei for their routine remand hearing yesterday and their next hearing is on July 1.

Ndirowei also granted bail to 10 more Vapositori who were still in custody over the same public violence charges.

The 10, Milton Murinda, Dennis Banda, John Mutasa, Nathan Shamuyarira, Prayer Parira, Gilbert Madyira, Madzimure Madzimure, Darlington Mambayo, Charles Matanga and Alexio Manhanga were represented by Obey Shava and Tawanda Takaendesa.

They are jointly charged with 24 others who were granted bail over the same charges of public violence.

Ndirowei considered the recent High Court ruling on the same case before granting the accused persons $100 bail.
As part of bail conditions, the 10 were ordered to reside at their given addresses and report once a week at Harare Central Police Station.

Allegations against the accused persons arose on May 30 when an entourage led by Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, that included police officers and journalists, was beaten up by the sect members.

This was after Ndanga had read out a letter banning the church on allegations of abusing women and children.

The congregants challenged the ACCZ leader to read his speech in Shona, claiming they were not familiar with English.

During their bail application, Shava complained about the State’s reluctance to investigate assault allegations which Vapositori raised against the police during their initial court appearance.

He confirmed the release of the 14 and said their wives were making efforts to secure money for the release of the remaining 10.

Shava said the 10 might be released any time soon because there was a well-wisher who had promised to bail them out.
Justice Esther Muremba last week ordered the release of the 24 on $100 bail.

The 24 are Emmanuel Sigauke, 37, Laston Marandure, 23, John Murahwa, 36, Taurayi Supiya, 36, Shadreck Mashonganyika, 25, Robert Paradzayi, 35, Tafa Chakwara, 36, Kudzanai Tichaona Kusekwa, 31, Cabson Chandaona, 43, Alton Makando, 31, Ashton Chinhoyi, 31, Abisha Mutandwa, 30, Brian Machingura, 18, Nathan Muparadzi, 39, Takavengwa Gwenzi, 46, Tichafa Madyegure, 41, Munaro Singadi, 42, Ziwanayi Nyatikonde, 30, Johannes Makumbe, 39, Paul Mupikata, 32, Simango Mharadza, 45, Tachiva Munemo, 37, Regis Bute, 31, and Clephas Muwona.

Comments (5)

Well violence does not solve anything it only makes matters worse. On another note Vapositori were provoked and as a result lost self control if one looks at the spontaneity of their reaction to Archbishop Johannes Ndanga

madzibaba - 17 June 2014

mapurisa haarowi. no to violence by anyone and to anyone. mapositori should be examplary in their conduct. may the courts deal with these violent creastures to set a good precedence to anyone who may want to do tyhe same

thulani - 18 June 2014

@thulani-ukwane.the police provoked.they are taking advantage of being a state arm and well resourced with cells.Mungavashungurudze sei but passed there message.

comrade - 18 June 2014

The police regularly assault prisoners, its public knowledge.Whatever a prisoner has allegedly done it is illegal for them to be assaulted in cells by the police, but they do so with impunity because they know the system is always reluctant to deal with these issues. They are no better than the VaPostori because they too took the law into their own hands and must be punished.

Warren - 18 June 2014

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