CONTROVERSIAL apostolic sect leader Ishmael Chokurongerwa alias Madzibaba Ishmael has been released on bail following his arrest a few weeks ago on murder charges.

Chokurongerwa and his co-accused Siribhino Chikurunhe and Wonder Kabaya US$500 were granted US$500 bail each by High Court judge Justice Esther Muremba.

Allegations are that on November 12 last year, the accused connived to terminate Hazel Chikurunhe’s pregnancy, resulting in her death. 

The court heard that they secretly buried her at Chokurongerwa’s shrine in Nyabira without following due procedure.

Her body was exhumed recently, leading to the trio's arrest.

Chokurongerwa is also facing charges of having sexual intercourse with five underage girls, resulting in the birth of several children between 2018 and 2024.

The trio is represented by Purity Chikangaise of Maphosa and Ndomene Legal Practitioners.