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Madzibaba Ishmael trial date set

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THE trial of Johanne Masowe eChishanu leader Ishmael Chokurongerwa – popularly known as Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani – on allegations of public violence has been set down for March 15.

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

This was confirmed yesterday by Harare magistrate Milton Serima when Mufani briefly appeared in court for his routine remand hearing.

The 44-year-old Mufani has denied the charges of beating up journalists, police officers and Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) officials following a raid at his Budiriro shrine in Harare last year.

The State alleges that Mufani and his followers turned violent and assaulted the delegation that had gone to the shrine with the intention of closing down the apostolic sect over allegations of abusing female congregants and children.

Allegations are that on May 30 last year, an ACCZ delegation led by its president, Johannes Ndanga, and 26 police officers visited Mufani’s shrine at Budiriro 2 in Harare to address the gathering over issues of child abuse.

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