Police detain church leaders

via Police detain church leaders | The Zimbabwean 24 June 2014 by Mthulisi Mathuthu

Last Thursday police in Nyanga detained three church leaders after they attended a prayer meeting organized by the Christian based opposition party, Transform Zimbabwe.

Bishop Nerwande of Holy Cross Church in Mangongondoza Township, together with his associate pastors Mr and Mrs Makawamadze, were detained for four hours during which they were subjected to what the party said was ‘unwarranted interrogation.’

The three were quizzed on their relationship with Transform Zimbabwe and were released without any charge. The following day, the police and the CIO agents abducted party member Pauline Mutasa from her house at around 10pm.

A statement said Mutasa’s nine year old child was left alone as she was being held at the Nyanga Police Station where she spent the night without eating. Police did not give the reasons for the detention but Mutasa, a teacher at a local school, denies any wrong doing.

Transform Zimbabwe spokesperson Sungai Mazando confirmed the incidents saying there was an increase in the harassment of party members around the country. He said: ‘It has been a hectic past couple of weeks for us characterized by successful grassroots efforts ironically rewarded by abductions, harassment and interrogation in areas like Binga, Nyanyadzi, Chimanimani and in Nyanga.’

Mazando said their members were living in fear of further reprisals as the police routinely threaten that they will not stop their clamp down.

These developments come after Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume was abducted a fortnight ago from his hotel room by the CIO.

Transform Zimbabwe was formed in December 2013 following a convention of the 12,000 member Christian network group, Prayer Network Zimbabwe. At the time, Ngarivhume said the party would rally all Zimbabweans towards the country’s transformation in the area of politics.

He said the party would ‘focus on re-engagement with the Western countries, building an inclusive and competitive economy empowering Zimbabweans through access to education and health facilities.

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9 comments on “Police detain church leaders
  1. publicprotector says:

    When will church leaders realize that church and politics do not mix.
    You go to church to pray to god not politicians!

    • KIBBS says:

      @publicprotector :- I guess that that is why mugnob dresses as a Mapostori and attends their gatherings when he wants their votes? Bearing in mind he is supposed to be Catholic. (Another Joke!)
      However, you have succeeded in giving me something to chuckle about again – please keep it up!!

    • Senzachena says:

      PP you really are a brain dead fool. Try to be a bit more subtle with regard to your efforts to “sanitise” ZANU PF. Actually if it was not so serious you would be a joke

  2. Reverend says:

    Sadly Mr “publicprotector ” you have no idea.

  3. Shamhu YeNhanzva says:

    Publicprotector your way of thinking is the exact opposite of your name. Church leaders or not, every Zimbabwean regardless of skin colour, creed, religious affiliation, has the right to endorse & support any party of their choice. The only reason ZANU is still in power is the illegal use of CIO, police & the military to intimidate people to vote for them. If that doesn’t work they staight up rig the elections. If they would stop promoting corruption & looting the country’s resources & actually effect policies that help people they wouldn’t have to go after religious leaders who pose a threat to their “power.”

  4. Justice says:

    PP please change your moniker to ZANU apologist but I am with Kibbs you do make me laugh, even if it is with disbelief at your propaganda attempts.

  5. NBS says:

    The church should be a prophetic voice to the nation. ZPF is afraid of the truth. ZPF must keep oppressing and suppressing for the more they do that the quicker they will bring God’s judgment down on their heads. May the TRUTH prevail in Zimbabwe and ministers or no ministers of the gospel God will reveal. ZPF can arrest every single true man/woman of God but that will NOT stop the truth coming our for God is a God of truth

  6. Brian says:

    I’ve been posting for years that Zanu-PF = corruption. To what effect? Morgan, despite his heroic survival of state-sanctioned physical beatings is looking ineffectual, riven by intra-party rivalries. RGM is off with Dorothy in la-la land. His adulterous wife counting down the days and his children wondering what’s going to be left after all the ZANU looting. Fear not children! Your father’s looting is in an island or two or ten awaiting your rapacious spending. RGM, what a legacy you have left them. The quintessential tin-pot dictator of Africa. RGM I will be by your bed when you die and I will whisper to you that your life has been an utter waste.

  7. maita says:

    Where are you transform Zimbabwe. We are tired of Biti Tsvangirayi feud and we want a better force and you seem to be the right choice that si why they are persecuting you. Look NCA have no problems because they are a nonentity, Biti has no problem because project destory Tsvangirayi is working well for ZanuPF. So these MDc renwal buffoons have no solution for Zimbabwe because their focus is Morgan Tsvangirayi who is nowhere near a Zimbabwe solution. SO TZ ndizvo.

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