The co-minister of the organ, Moses Mzila Ndlovu, told Radio VOP on Thursday that Mkandla was arrested on Wednesday evening at his home soon after the meeting where the priest delivered a powerful sermon on violence.
“Priest Mkandla who is the head of the Roman Catholic diocese in Hwange was arrested by the police in Hwange while attending a national healing church service which I also attended as a core minister of the organ.I do not know why the police waited for my and everyone’s departure to arrest the priest whose only crime as far as I am concerned was to deliver a sermon on violence. I am really disappointed by this development” said minister Ndlovu.
The minister said both the core ministers of the organ including vice president Jonh Nkomo had been invited at the meeting but could not attend the function due to other pressing national events.
Ndlovu said he had arranged lawyers to secure the release of Mkandla who was detained at Lupane police station. Mkandla’s arrest come hard on the heels of the arrests of pastors and worshipers in Harare last weekend who were attending a peace prayer meeting.