ZANU PF Youths Set Johanne Masowe Shrine On Fire

By IAfrica
In Zimbabwe
Jun 2nd, 2014

Zanu PF youths have raided and set on fire the shrine of controversial Johane Masowe weChishanu leader Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani on the outskirts of Budiriro suburb, Harare, in retaliation for the brutal attack on police and journalists by the sect’s male members last Friday.

The youths descended on the shrine destroying everything on the site and finally set on fire all fabric and clay pots used by the sect.

The youth carried placards that questioned the sect’s motive in attacking the police, stating that an attack on police is a direct attack on President Mugabe.
Placards Reads:’Madzibaba munorova mapurisa ava Mugabe nechinangwa chei? Makurwisa vaPresident.
‘Ndozvamurikutmwa nemweya here?’

The unholy war which started last Friday continued over the weekend as police picked up the sect’s members that were involved in the attack on police. Police are now in hot persuit of the sect’s leader who is still on the run.

The sect deserted the shrine in anticipation of a police crackdown and on Sunday there was little activity in the area.

Zanu PF youths rampage the Masowe shrine. Pic: NewsDay

Zanu PF youths rampage the Masowe shrine. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

Three of the arrested sect members were on Monday denied bail. Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza said the three did not have identity cards.
“So, your worship we might be having Milton (Banda) in court, but maybe that is not his name and age,” he said.

“They do not have documentary evidence to show their identity because the practice at their church is that when a person joins, his/her identification card is burnt because they say it is linked to ancestors and ancestral worshipping.”

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