Trial date for Vapositori set

HARARE - The Harare Magistrates’ Court has set September 15 as the trial date for 37 members of Madzibaba Ishamea Mufani’s Johanne Masowe apostolic sect, accused of assaulting police officers.

Some of the 37 include 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.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira yesterday told Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe the State was ready to proceed to trial of the 37 suspects, who claimed they were assaulted while in
police custody.

Police denied the torture claims.

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 the English language.

Ndanga then ordered police to arrest one of the congregants who kept interjecting as he read the speech.

Other congregants then began singing a song called “Umambo hwepfumo neropa”, before all male congregants armed with shepherd’s crooks charged towards the “trespassers,” and
assaulted them.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 28 August 2014

I like it but I hate it little bit

Nahida begum - 28 August 2014

Shame to the 18yr school boy who probably would be sitting for his O level exams or he had already quit since it is the doctrine of the sect.I think the mapostori should see that the law is stubborn like a nut and it cannot be chewed.If they were Bible readers they would have known that a Christian was instructed to abide also to the laws of the land.If they were true Christians nothing would have happen to them like Shadreck,Mishack,Abedinigo and Daniel.This shows that the conduct of mapositori is not Christian Doctrine but a tradition.

Observer - 29 August 2014

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