Harare, June 12, 2014 – High Court judge Esther Muremba has granted $100 bail to each of the 24 members of the Johane Masowe WeChishanu accused assaulting police officers and a journalist.
As part of their bail conditions, the Vapostori are supposed to report to Harare Central Police Station once every week
Meanwhile members of the Johanne weChishanu Apostolic Church recently wrote a letter of apology to Police Commissioner–General Augustine Chihuri after they violently clashed with police officers at their sect’s shrine in Budiriro two weeks ago.
Several police officers, officials from the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) and journalists were left injured.
The police officers had escorted ACCZ leader Johannes Ndanga to announce that the sect had been banned over human rights violations. Violence broke out after Ndanga ordered the arrest of one of the sect members who allegedly continuously interjected his speech.
Magistrate Donald Ndirowei heard that the letter, however, led to the arrest of one of the sect members, David Shamuyarira, after he was linked to the violent clashes.
Shamuyarira, who was represented by lawyer Tawanda Takaindisa, was not asked to pleaded when he appeared in court.