At least 24 members of an apostolic faith sect, who attacked police in Harare last Friday, have been remanded in custory to June 16th after a magistrate court ordered that they should seek medical treatment for injuries sustained while in the hands of the police.
According to press reports, the 24 members of the Johanne Masowe Echishanu Apostolic sect led by Madzibaba Ishamael Mufani told the court that they were tortured by the police when they were arrested in different parts of Harare.
Their leader is still on the run with police saying the net is closing on him. Members of the sect attacked police, journalists and representatives of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe following an announcement at the sect’s shrine that they were being banned for allegedly abusing women and girls, and denying children the right to education.
Suspected Zanu PF youths on Monday raided the apostolic faith sect’s shrine in Budiriro 2 suburb while singing revolutionary songs and chanting slogans supporting President Robert Mugabe.
They accused members of the church of not respecting the police and the president.