Fungai Jachi Court Reporter
Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) leader Bishop Johannes Ndanga, who allegedly asked an apostolic sect to rally behind him in his bid for the country’s vice presidency, has denied the rumours.Bishop Ndanga said this while testifying as a third witness in a case in which 37 apostolic sect members are accused of assaulting police officers and a media team.
He testified in court on Monday.
The 37 appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe, facing assault charges. During cross-examination, Bishop Ndanga denied allegations that his visit to the apostolic sect’s shrine was political.
One of the 37 sect members accused Bishop Ndanga of wanting to be a vice president of the country.
“I never said I wanted to be the vice president because I do not have the qualifications and I cannot be a fit candidate for that post,” Bishop Ndanga said.
When asked by all the sect members why he and his delegation visited their shrine on that particular day, Bishop Ndanga said they went there to advocate women and children’s rights.
“You apostles abuse girls and women and as the leader of the ACCZ, I visited so that I could talk sense to you with the hope that you would listen and change the way you act,” he said. The ACCZ leader said his visit to the Johanne Masowe eChishanu shrine in Budiriro was at the “command” of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. He said the police were probing the activities of the apostolic sect, which stands accused of violating women and children’s rights.
Bishop Ndanga positively identified Tavengwa Gwenzi as one of the people who were perpetrators of violence on that day.
However, the sect members argued that Bishop Ndanga had no legal authority to be at their shrine and the allegations levelled against them were malicious.
Ms Francisca Mukumbiri prosecuted.