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Vapositori snub Shamuyarira burial

Local apostolic sects popularly known as Vapositori yesterday snubbed the burial of Zanu PF politburo member and former Cabinet minister Nathan Shamuyarira at the national Heroes’ Acre in Harare.

by Everson Mushava/Hebert Moyo

Only a handful of them turned up to listen to President Robert Mugabe officiating at the event.

Usually, the Vapositori, who are well-known for their support of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party would pack State funerals, turning their section of the national shrine into a sea of white with their religious attire.

The Standard could not immediately establish whether the poor attendance from the men of the cloth yesterday was a show of solidarity with fellow sect members who are currently locked up in prison for assaulting police officers in Harare last week, or whether it was out of fear of arrest.

The bays at the national shrine that had become traditionally theirs were yesterday empty.

Over 30 members of the Johanne Masowe weChishanu apostolic sect led by one Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani have been arrested over the assault and injury of anti-riot police officers, journalists and officials from the Apostolic mother body at a shrine in Harare’s Budiriro 2 high-density suburb.

They were denied bail by Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe and are currently trying to secure freedom at the High Court.
On May 30, Ndanga went to Madzibaba Ishmael’s Budiriro shrine in the company of 26 police officers to announce the ban of the church for alleged abuse of girls by the male sect members.

The abuses included denial of education for the girl child and marrying them off at a tender age. It was also alleged that fathers tested their daughters’ virginity by inserting their fingers into the girls’ private parts.

ZBC journalists Relax Mafurutu and Tichaona Meza, nine police officers and ACCZ member Langton Muchena sustained serious injuries.

Zanu PF youths in the company of the police and ACCZ members later demolished Madzibaba Ishmael’s shrine.

Police are still hunting down Madzibaba Ishmael, who is still at large.

MDC-T officials were also conspicuous by their absence at the funeral with only the party’s acting guardian’s council president Sekai Holland gracing the event as she usually does.

Party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has repeatedly snubbed the burial of heroes.

He has often accused Zanu PF of bias in the selection of heroes.

Yesterday Mugabe scoffed at the MDC- T and once again described party members as zvitototo (rejects) who do not deserve to be honoured because they had done nothing to the country except selling out.


14 Responses to Vapositori snub Shamuyarira burial

  1. Jonathan Nathaniel Manheru June 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Boy oh boy. Mugabe says others are zvitototo. Its better to be a chitototo than to be a murderer and wife snatcher. That woman you call your wife was snatched from another man and only got divorced by Goreraza when two kids were sired by the two Mugabe and Grace while Grace was legally married to Goreraza and Mugabe had a dying Sally waiting for his attention.

  2. Citizen June 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    I have a problem with the term “Apostolic Sects”.That term is and should be used by followers of the pentecostal apostoles (e.g Paul,Peter et al)Now for one to be recognised as a follower, he has to walk exactly as the forrunner walked.Saints like John and others did not marry kindergatten kids,they believed in the Bible in its entirety.I will need days to write how they conducted their christianity.But your so called Apostolic Sects members are far from this.For Starters many of them don’t even read the bible.Please do us a favour by calling them by other terms.To make matters worse they are just plain political activists.Just call them madzibaba or something.THERE IS NOTHING APOSTOLIC IN THE WAY THEY RUN THEIR CULTS

    • EUREKA June 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Please Citizen, be reminded that one does have to read or possess a bible in order to be an apostle. Paul, Peter and the others existed long before the bible was compiled. Could you therefore STOP castigating the Apostolic Sects. I can tell you are one of those that blindly follow fraudsters like Makandiwa, Angel and the one whose body guards go about beating innocent members of the public.

  3. mwana wamambo June 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Saka iwewe ndiwe apostle? Mbiti yemunhu

    • Citizen June 9, 2014 at 3:07 am #

      Real Apostles are the ones that approximate the way the likes of Paul , Peter and others lived.Period.

  4. Mujuda Mutema June 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    Citizen gather your facts first before you post to the world. I am an Israelite by citizen asi ndiri mwana wevhu chaiye. In Israel girls are married at a tender age even as young as 15yrs…. for the record, Mary (the mother of Jesus) was married at 13…
    Its the Mid-East culture to marry a woman young before she is ‘polluted’ so they say.
    I do not support child abuse at any level but gather your facts first you mention biblical apostles that you font know about.

    • Citizen June 9, 2014 at 3:05 am #

      @Mujuda Mutema So if marrying young girls is an Mid East Culture what has that got to do with christianity.I am talking about christianity here

      • azon thirteen June 9, 2014 at 9:55 am #

        if yu talking bout christianity here,why do yu reference to the activity of paul,blablablabla…l salute the one who enough research…let us thelogians speak…problem yenyu ..hamuverenge bible….momirira it yoself.

        • Top member June 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

          Yes that’s their problem with uneducated christians like Citizen. They accuse Johane masowe of not reading the bible yet they also dont read it for themselves and dont even know what is in it. If anything Johani masowe deserve the apostoles title because they are the group with the closest resemblance to those biblical figures you are mumbling about

      • The patriot June 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

        If you are talking about christianity here so stop telling us all that crap about Peter, Paul etc. Besides all those biblical apostoles you are talking about didnt even dwell much on that book. They were guided by the holy spirit. Petro na Johane vanga kuchirema simuka ufambe patemberi they were not reading from the bible. In fact its their acts which you now read about in the bible. Namatayi kuna mwari akutumireyi mweya mutsvene ukutungamirirei muite enyuwo mabasa semapositori eJohane Masowe, kwete kungosweroverenga evamwe.

      • Mujuda Mutema June 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

        Ko hanty bible racho rakanyorerwa ku Mid East. You can never separate Christianity ne Israeli culture.

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