Another member of the Johanne Masowe eChishanu Apostolic sect who had been on the run after he allegedly assaulted police, journalists and ACCZ officials, yesterday appeared in court. This brings the number of suspects arrested so far in connection with the case to 28.
Ndumiso Moyo (37) appeared before Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe charged with public violence. Mr Chikwekwe remanded him in custody to June 16 after the State led by Mr Gift Zumbika opposed bail. His accomplices have since appeared in court facing similar charges.
Mr Zumbika said that Moyo was not a suitable candidate for bail considering that his other accomplices including their leader Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani are still at large.
He added that Moyo is facing a serious charge which on conviction could lead to prison term and this could make him flee if granted bail.
On Tuesday, Mr Chikwekwe blasted the prosecution for making conflicting decisions and said it was being unprofessional by blowing “hot and cold” on the case.
The State had called for bail for the 24 suspects, who appeared in court on Tuesday when barely 12 hours earlier, they had vehemently opposed bail for three of their accomplices.
The State yesterday made a U-turn and opposed strongly bail for Moyo vindicating Mr Chikwekwe’s assertion.
Mr Zumbika alleges that at around 11am on May 30, ACCZ president Bishop Johannes Ndanga, his delegation and 26 police officers went to Mufani’s sect to address the gathering over issues of denying children education and other matters.
Bishop Ndanga, the court heard, delivered his address while the gathering sang and challenged him to speak in Shona, arguing they were not conversant with English. Bishop Ndanga then told the police to arrest a congregant who was interjecting.
In protest, other congregants started singing a song called: “Umambo hwepfumo neropa,” a tune that incited the trio and their accomplices to assault the delagation using knobkerries and stones.
Nine police officers and two journalists, Relax Mafurutu and Tichaona Meza, sustained head injuries and bruises all over their bodies.
ACCZ member Langton Muchena also sustained serious injuries.
Apart from the assaults, the apostolic sect members allegedly damaged property, including a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation truck. The damaged property was valued at US$1 350.