24 Vapostori granted deserved bail

Twenty four members of the Johane Masowe WeChishanu were granted bail yesterday, with their lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, insisting they should not have been jailed in the first place.

Twenty four members of the Johane Masowe WeChishanu
Twenty four members of the Johane Masowe WeChishanu

Muchadehama said allegations of torture raised by the accused against police while in custody were being investigated.

At the initial court hearing, Harare provincial magistrate, Douglas Chikwekwe, denied them bail saying it was in the best interest of justice that the accused remain in custody.

The sect members were reportedly denied food for two days and beaten up while in police holding cells. Yesterday High Court Judge, Easter Muremba, granted the accused $100 bail each.

They were ordered to report at Harare Central Police Station once per week and are set to appear again at the courts on Monday.

The police and journalists had accompanied ACCZ leader Johannes Ndanga, to announce the ban of the sect for allegedly violating rights of church members.

The sect was accused of denying children access to education, promoting child marriages and discouraging members from owning modern communication gadgets such as mobile phones, radio and television among others.

Violence broke out a fortnight ago when Ndanga instructed police to arrest a sect member who continued to interrupt his speech.

The violence left police and a ZBC journalist seriously injured while a ZBC video camera and vehicle were damaged.

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