A self-confessed prophet from Johanne Masowe Apostolic Sect who filmed himself threatening to shoot his congregants for denying his prophecies has been brought before the court.
Moses Chatara, 34, from Chitungwiza appeared before Harare Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with Violating the Firearms Act.
Moses Chatara on the video that landed him in trouble
He is jointly charged with one Denford Ganye, 56, who is the owner of the gun.
The duo was released on $500 bail each and ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.
Allegations are that on November 5, Moses who is not a licensed firearm owner in terms of the Firearms Act acquired a firearm, a 9mm pistol from Ganye.
Lloyd Tarenyika is alleging that Moses recorded himself threatening congregants of his Johanne Masowe sect saying he will use the firearm against his clients who deny his prophecies.
The video went viral on social media and investigations into the possession of the firearm started.
Further allegations are that Moses then self-recorded himself a video threatening congregants of Johanne Masowe saying he will use it against his clients who deny his prophecies.
On November 6, Moses was arrested and led to the subsequent recovery of the firearm used in the commission of the offence.
In the video, Moses was seen saying:
“If we prophecy on you and you deny we will see what we can do, we don’t want things that give us trouble.
“So when you come to our shrine for prophecy come prepared.
“Because people have a problem of denying what they know, so we don’t want that.”