- Published: 24 June 2014
- Written by New Zim
MEMBERS of the infamous Budiriro Johanne Masowe apostolic sect were turned away AGAIN from court in Harare Monday after turning up for a routine remand hearing clad in shorts.
Police details manning the court building denied the group entry to the court's Rotten Row premises.
Only formal clothing is allowed in court.
But the Vapositori, who are all followers of the fugitive Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani immediately, filed an application seeking to compel the courts to allow them to attend trial on their religious outfits. This is the second time the apostolic sect members have been turned away from entering court premises over coming to court clad in shorts.
The defiant group argues that their church doctrines bid them to wear their short trousers.
The group faces public violence charges arising from a widely publicised violent attack they allegedly made of dozens of police officers and journalists who visited their shrine last month.
The police were accompanying Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga, to enforce a ban imposed on the church over issues of women and child abuse.
But they did not take the perceived invasion of the "holy" shrine lightly resulting in fierce attacks of the cops using their Shepherd's crooks.
The incident elicited a strong reaction from an embarrassed police force which swooped on their Budiriro base to arrest dozens of them.
They all deny the charges and have lodged counter complaints against the police for ill treatment during police detention.