Vice President, Joice Mujuru has lambasted a Budiriro Apostolic sect that bashed police officers and journalists saying they were a disgrace to the Christian community.
Mujuru, patron of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ), said she was embarrassed to be associated with such people who did not respect government and took the law into their own hands.
“You chose me to become ACCZ patron but I can’t be working with you when you are so disrespectful,” she said at a function to launch an anti-rape campaign in Harare Thursday.
“You are unable to respect government and its institutions. I’m even disappointed that you also recently abused the police when all the good is expected of you,” Mujuru said.
Three weeks ago, members of an apostolic sect from Budiriro ran amok bashing police officers and journalists after ACCZ led by Johannes Ndanga announced a ban of the church on allegations that they were abusing women and children.
Mujuru said churches should correctly read and interpret the bible to avoid misleading people, especially women and children.
She said police officers government and have the authority to ban the church.
“Do you know what the government is?” Mujuru asked adding that “One policeman represents every citizen in this country and what it means is that they are very important to the country and government.”
Mujuru said this as the bulk of the Vapositori represented members arrested in connection with the case have been freed by the courts on bail.
Turning to the abuse of women and girls, the vice president said women must enjoy their freedom and authorities must deal with rapists harshly.