Vapositori jailed four years for violence

HARARE - Eleven of the 37 members of Madzibaba Ishamea Mufani’s Johanne Masowe apostolic sect have been jailed for four years each for violence.

Kudzanayi Kusekwa, 31, Cabson Chandaona, 43, Takavengwa Gwenzi, 46, Tichafa Madyegora, 41, Johanes Makumbe, 39, Ndumiso Moyo, 33, Alexio Kanhema, 37, Clement Chimutso, 47, Madzimure Madzimure, 36, Charles Matanga, 42, and Darlington Mambayo, 46, were jailed after being found guilty of public violence.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe had initially sentenced them to five years behind bars but one year was suspended on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, Mahwe noted that they were first time offenders and also took into consideration that they acted in common purpose and assaulted police officers, Apostolic Christian Church of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) officials and journalists.

He said employing sticks and stones in assaulting anyone was very dangerous and can lead to loss of life.

“You are church people and your conduct put religion into disrepute and as such there is a need for the courts to send a message that lawlessness is not allowed in this country,” Mahwe said.

He said a lengthy custodial sentence would be appropriate to show the courts’ abhorrence of such acts.

Facts against the accused persons arose on May 30, when an entourage led by ACCZ president Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, was beaten up by the sect members.

Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri said this was after Ndanga had read out a letter banning the church on allegations of abusing women and children.

The court heard that 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  viciously assaulted them.

Comments (5)

its a fair sentence

socks - 13 November 2014

Zimbabweans have to understand that there is no one above the law. Why is it that when ZANU PF unleash terror to members of Opposition Parties the law will be so flexible that the culprits will just be reprimanded and allowed to go free. But when it comes to other issues involving the general public the Law is applied in full force. There is no fairness to this issue of applying law in Zimbabwe. That's the way I see it

Karigamombe - 13 November 2014

mapostori dai matanga kuverengawo bible

Clara - 14 November 2014

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