Budiriro’s Vapostori granted bail

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HIGH Court judge Justice Esther Muremba yesterday granted $100 bail to each of the 24 members of Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani–led Johanne Masowe WeChishanu Apostolic sect facing charges of assaulting police officers and journalists at their shrine in Budiriro, Harare, recently.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

As part of their bail conditions, the Vapostori were ordered to reside at their given addresses and to report at Harare Central Police Station every Monday.

By end of business yesterday, it was not clear whether the Vapostori had paid the required bail money amid reports that only one of them had managed to raise $70.

The 24 were part of the 36 sect members arrested in connection with the matter.

In granting them bail, Justice Muremba noted that the suspects’ record did not demonstrate that they were a threat to public safety.

“There was no evidence placed on record to show appellants will endanger the public if released and there is nothing to show that there will be a public outcry,” Justice Muremba ruled.

The sect members were arrested after they allegedly assaulted and injured nine police officers, journalists and officials from the
Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) who were part of a team invited to witness the banning of the sect over allegations of human rights abuses.

Violence broke out after ACCZ president Johannes Ndanga ordered the police to arrest one of the sect members who allegedly kept interjecting during his speech.

This angered the other sect members who immediately pounced on the “intruders” and pummelled them using their shepherds’ staffs.
Nine police officers, two journalists and an ACCZ official were left injured while a ZBC vehicle and video camera were extensively damaged in the process.

Meanwhile, anti-riot police yesterday kept a hawk’s eye on several female members of the sect clad in their church regalia yesterday who packed the courtroom in solidarity with their arrested fellow congregants.

The Vapostori launched an appeal at the High Court after Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe last week denied them bail, saying they were of no fixed abode although the National Prosecuting Authority had conceded to bail.

The suspects will be back in court on Monday for routine remand.

8 COMMENTS

  1. when did the police start taking orders from Mr Ndanga. There is every reason to suggest that this was a political issue than anything else. what did the journalists want.

  2. kana vanhu vachiungana mukati mavo munowanikwa vamwe vanengevasina kururama saka vanenge vachiita zvakaipa vanofanira kubvunzwa ivo voonekwa kuti mhosva dzavo dzakamira sei kwete kuti munhu wose wongonzi hamuchanamatiri pano takubhanai from nowhere vanhu vanogumbuka. munhu ane right to worship in any way he sees right not someone like ndanga to come and say mapostori ndakubhanai muzimbabwe abva kunamwari here nokuda kwokuti ari kurwa kurwa kwenyama haangakundi kwemweya nokuti zvinonzi kanamunhu achinge asati adakunamata haumumanikidze.

  3. @Madzibaba Hey, Hakuna kusina mitemo, Mwari Chaiye akatipa gumi. Kudenga chaiko kune mitemo insungirwa kutevedzerwa, ndasaka kune peace.Ndanga ndiye president wemasangano enyu, majournalists ibasa ravo kupepeta nhau. Imi munoda kuita zvamunoda pamunodira(arnachy) , mitemo yenyu hainei neya Mwari.Ndepapi pakanzi Mweya uchakupa mukadzi ane makore 14? On being or trying to be militant in the name of the Holy Spirit ndokuti Bhoko Haram. Munyika muno hazviitwe nokuti hatizvide. Namatai Jehovah wechokwadi.

  4. Apa vanhu varikungoti mapostori vakarova mapurisa. Chakaitika apa ndechichi mapurisa akatanga kurova mapostori, mapostori ndokudzorera, mapurisa vachibva vatiza vakurirwa. Pakarwiwa apa. Unfortunately nyaya iri one side. The only problem is why is it that Zanu pf youths interfere with National Police affairs.

  5. Baba Don, Ndanga was politically installed. Kana achimirira vapositori sekutaura kwenyu, anofanirwa kunge achiziva kuti pamasowe, hapatenderwe shangu, kutorwa mifananidzo uye kunomira nemapurisa panzvimbo yaaitaura ari nemapurisa. Takaona maminister even the president achienda mumaungano avapositori vachishonga sevapositori pangungano. Saka handione chakosha vaNdanga.

    Seongororo yangu, vaNdanga havana kukoshesa kutanga vatsvaga humbowo hwezvaitaurwa. izvi zvaisanganisira kubvunzurudza vapositori pane zvavaipomerwa. vakatosvika sevanhu vaitora bhaosikopo, vatove nemutongo kare. Rinova dambudziko kune munhu ari kunongedzwa semutungamiri.

    Kune vapositori vepaBudiriro panyaya yechinhu chinonzi barika hakuna kumasowe. Paongororo yangu, mupositori akaenda kunonamata ane mukadzi mumwe haabvumirwe kuwedzera. Zvimwe nemunhu anoenda anebarika hautenderwe kuwedzera kana kutapudza.

    Anorld

  6. Kunze kwebarika nemacellphone, zvimwe zvose zvakafanana nekwaMarange. Saka pandisiri kunzwisisa why the sudden interest musangano repaBudiriro.

    Bositori

  7. Ndanga haasi presdent wemapotsori ese,akaiswa nani ipapo isu mapotsori acho tisina kuvhota.Ndipresdent wevanhu wakamuisa ipapo iwo wacho wakavhota.Isu totungamirirwa nababa anowa Mwari namwanakomana anowaJesu muponisi wendudzi dzose naMweya mutsvene.Ndanga ari kutswaga mari zvanzi neshoko namazuwa ekupedzisira vanhu vachada mari kudarika Mwari uye rati mungakwirirana kumatare here muchitadza kubatsirana imi vemumba imwe chete.SAKA ndanga HAASI WEDU MAPOTSORI.Tongaio arume ini ndaramba

  8. I would like to help vapostori to come out jail I myself am mupostori wekumaoswe UK I am really hate with this can I have the name and the number of one of the members so that I can deposit the money with other mapostori here in uk we can contribute for them to be released please . Mwari does not work like kumasowe challenges come to those who know mwari and wemapostori we will help here in UK to show that we Johanne Yechishanu. Nears da henyu . Just put the number for one of the members.

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