Witnesses lied: Mufani's lawyer

HARARE - A record of proceedings which was used during the trial of 11 jailed members of Madzibaba Ishamea Mufani’s sect was yesterday used to frustrate witnesses’ evidence during the cleric’s on-going trial.

Mufani is being charged with public violence after members of his sect attacked journalists, police officers and Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) officials who had gone to shut down his church over allegations of child and women abuse.

During cross examination Mufani’s lawyer, Tawanda Takaendesa discredited State witness Chipo Chikomba’s evidence because it did not match with what was recorded last year.

Takaendesa said Chikomba had lied to the court that she saw Mufani speaking to ACCZ president Johannes Ndanga.

He also argued that Chikomba had lied saying Mufani was the one who interjected Ndanga, leading to the violence that erupted that day.

According to the evidence of a police officer called Chinhara which is filed in record 5901/14, Ndanga was not the one who interjected but one of his congregants.

“Witness, you indicated that Ndanga ordered the arrest of accused person after he had interjected him but when Ndanga gave his evidence in this court he disagreed with that assertion,” he said.

“…he further denied ever conversing with the accused person on that day therefore your evidence contradicts that which is filed on record”.

Prosecutor Fransisca Mkumbiri alleged that charges against Mufani arose on May 30 last year when an entourage led by ACCZ president Ndanga, that included police officers and journalists, was beaten up by the Vapositori.

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.

Ndanga then ordered police to arrest one of the congregants who kept interjecting as he read the speech. Other congregants then began singing Umambo hwepfumo neropa, before all male congregants armed with shepherd’s crooks charged towards the “trespassers” and assaulted them.

Comments (1)

tired of this....akula ezinye indaba yini

jussie - 26 March 2015

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