Video: Zanu PF youths burn Vapostori shrine


‘Church leader claimed to be God’: Residents of

Budiriro, Harare, yesterday destroyed a Johanne Masowe eChishanu shrine because the sect leader Madzibaba Ishmael

Mufani reportedly incited followers to brutally assault rivals, police officers and journalists last Friday. Not much is known

about Madzibaba Ishmael, though neighbours gave intriguing accounts of the sect leader who has gained overnight

notoriety. A former colleague, Madzibaba Enock Ndlovu, said he broke with the Hwedza-born Madzibaba Ishmael –

who is on the run – a few years ago after he started calling himself “God”. Neighbours alleged he had a mental illness

that manifested in 2008, and Madzibaba Ishmael approached Madzibaba Enock of the Venguwo Tsvuku sect for help.

Madzibaba Enock yesterday confirmed helping Madzibaba Ishmael. Police were still hunting down sect members believed

to have been involved in the violence, with 26 of them having been arrested by end of day yesterday.



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