The leader of the Zimbabwe Transformative Party and Mirirai Jehovha Apostolic Church, Parere Kunyenzura, and 35 of his followers who allegedly staged an unsanctioned demonstration in Harare’s city centre, appeared separately in court in court yesterday.
Kunyenzura (52) is charged with convening a gathering without notifying the regulating authority. He complained that the police had left out another charge of criminal nuisance and asked the State to add it before proceeding with the charge he was facing.
Kunyenzura also asked the court to remand him in custody for the next two weeks, as he wants to seek legal representation since his case has been politicised.
The State led by Mrs Netsai Mushayabasa applied for him to return to court today to allow the State to add the missing public nuisance charge.
On Saturday at around 1pm, Kunyenzura allegedly mobilised his supporters and followers and held a procession in central Harare. They gathered at Copacabana Bus Terminus and started marching while singing along Robert Mugabe Road towards Simon Vengai Muzenda Street.
Police intercepted them at corner of Patrice Lumumba Street and asked Kunyenzura to produce the notification letter but he did not have one.
His followers, clad in apostolic garments, were singing a gospel song “Emmanuel tisunungureiwo tanzwa nenhamo”, according to the State.
The police officers ordered them to stop singing and disperse. Kunyenzura and two others, who were leading the group, refused to comply resulting in their arrest on charges of failure to notify the regulating authority.
About 30 minutes later, Kunyenzura’s followers regrouped and started singing while walking along Robson Manyika Avenue. Police reacted and arrested 34 members of the group for blocking pavements and the road along Robson Manyika Avenue.
In the gathering were Kunyenzura’s deputy Simon Goshomi, party chairman Richard Mhurushomana, secretary general Fortune Chapeyama, secretary of finance Prince Mukozho, plus Solomon Duwa, Noah Dabvu, Jasper Muringanidza, Honoured Mutangadura, Shepherd Mutsonhi, Edson Shonhiwa, Chaora Rovesai, Tafadzwa Musere, Tsverukai Harava, Shamiso Majecha, Runia Musere, Margret Chibwana, Sakile Nkomo, Helen Kuudzewe, Liah Munakandafa, Victoria Changadzo, Restar Kunyenzura, Emmanuel Musere, Godfrey Mashava and Kudakwashe Kambiro.
They are expected to return to court today for their bail applications.
They all appeared before magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje.
Kunyenzura made headlines in May after hr claimed that neither President Emmerson Mnangagwa nor his nemesis Nelson Chamisa, leader of main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), will win the 2023 presidential election.
Parere Kunyenzura, who leads the Zimbabwe Transformative Party (ZTP) and is also eyeing state presidency, claimed God had ordained him to take over leadership.
Clad in colourful blue, green, and yellow religious garb, the apostolic sect leader warned the army, police, and central intelligence organisation not to involve themselves in what he claimed God had already decided.
“We have a message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. God has numbered your days of rule and brought it to an end. You have been put on a measuring scale by God and found wanting,” said Kunyenzura.
“God has also not hidden the fact that he has given the kingdom of Zimbabwe to your neighbour, a David.
“This fate has been sealed. This fate is irrevocable. This fate is unappealable, for God’s case has no appeal.
“To avoid ambiguity, this David is not coming from the MDC group, with their various mutations that encompass the CCC brand, just in case some fanatics in this division may start to prematurely celebrate; neither is this David coming from within the Zanu PF stable.
“What I am saying is the mind of God; and it will happen irrespective of the amount of resistance or opposing force.
“Should I hide the fact that God has appointed me the David? By no means, certainly not. If I do, I would be a liar like most of them, which is sin.”
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