Apostolic sect leaders arrested for holding Church Services. Officer commanding Hurungwe district Chief Superintendent Helina Mahonde warned church members to desist from illegal gatherings as they have been proven to be coronavirus super spreaders.
Police in Hurungwe have arrested two Johane Masowe eChishanu apostolic sect leaders for convening a gathering in violation of the enhanced COVID-19 level 4 lockdown regulations. She said:
I would like to confirm that the police have arrested two church leaders of Johane Masowe eChishanu sect for convening a gathering during the lockdown. The two are Moffat Phiri (34) and Emmanuel Bango (28) both from Chikuti in Hurungwe district.
The two convened a gathering for the purpose of worshipping on July 15, 2021 at around 12.00 hours at Magaisa business centre near Kasimure.
We received a tip-off from members of the public and police reacted swiftly and found a group of 40 members of the sect gathered at the shrine. They will appear in court soon. Ch Supt Mahonde warned would-be offenders that the police will enforce lockdown regulations without fear or favour.
Gatherings that include church services were banned last month as Zimbabwe is battling a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source – MbareTimes