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Controversial cop bashing Madzibaba nabbed

by Staff Reporter
02 Jan 2015 at 13:34hrs | Views
The controversial leader of the Budiriro-based Apostolic sect that bashed police officers, Madzibaba Ishmael Chokurongerwa [once reported as Ishmael Mufani], who has been on the run for the past seven months, has been arrested.

Madzibaba Ishmael was arrested today in Murehwa following a successful raid by the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers.

Madzibaba Ishmael, who made headlines last year when his followers assaulted police officers and journalists, is facing public violence charges and violation of the Children's Protection Act.

The fugitive Vapositori sect leader had earned himself the title Osama Bin Ladin after the ZRP failed to locate his whereabouts more than seven months since the attack.

Madzibaba Ishamel's Apostolic sect bashed police officers, ZBC cameraperson Relax Mafuruti and Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) leaders, who had visited their Budiriro shrine trying to engage the church over alleged human rights abuses.

37 members of the sect were arrested in a police blitz but Madzibaba Ismael ‘went off the radar' since May.

11 of the 37 were later convicted in November and jailed for four years each for violence.

Kudzanayi Kusekwa (31), Cabson Chandaona (43), Takavengwa Gwenzi (46), Tichafa Madyegora (41), Johanes Makumbe (39), Ndumiso Moyo (33), Alexio Kanhema (37), Clement Chimutso (47), Madzimure Madzimure (36), Charles Matanga (42) and Darlington Mambayo (46), are all behind bars.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police is conducting investigations in connection with the unlawful entry at the office of the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Dr Obert Mpofu which occurred today.

The police say they have stepped up surveillance on all government buildings following recent cases of unlawful entry at some top government officials offices.

Source - zbc