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Vapostori in court drama

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THERE was drama at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday when 24 members of the Johanne Masowe weChishanu Apostolic sect were barred from entering the courtroom wearing their religious regalia and short trousers.

Johanne Masowe weChishanu Apostolic sect members squat awaiting entry into the courtroom at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts recently
Johanne Masowe weChishanu Apostolic sect members squat awaiting entry into the courtroom at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts recently

Feluna Nleya
Staff Reporter

Court officials accused the Vapostori of breaching the court’s dress code which requires formal wear.

The Vapostori had come to court for their routine remand hearing in a case where they are facing charges of assaulting police officers and journalists during a raid at their shrine in Harare’s Budiriro suburb early this month.

They are part of the 35 sect members arrested so far in connection with the violent act.

The sect members were later allowed in after their lawyers Obey Shava and Andrew Makoni filed an urgent application seeking an order to relax the conditions on dressing. Presiding magistrate Donald Ndirowei gave in to the request on condition the sect members left their shepherd’s staffs outside the courtroom.

Of those who appeared in court yesterday, 14 were coming from home after they paid the $100 bail granted last week while 10 others are still in remand prison as they failed to raise the money.

The court remanded them to July 1 for trial.

Meanwhile, Ndirowei yesterday set free three other vapostori on bail after their lawyer applied for their release on changed circumstances.

The three, Milton Munda, Dennis Banda, and John Mutasa were released on $100 bail each, ordered to continue residing at their given residential addresses and to report once a week at Harare Central Police Station.

The sect’s leader madzibaba Ishmael Mufani and some of his followers are still on the run.

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