The police, still smarting from last Friday’s embarrassing beating of a handful of their number by a Harare vapostori sect, upped their pay-back campaign by arresting a sect member over a cheeky prank which went viral online.

Madzibaba Chacha – a tailor in Harare’s Westlea – was arrested Thursday and remained in custody overnight with police officers said to be scratching their heads on what charges to bring against him.

His offence was to put on a ZRP shirt and post the pictures on social networking sites such as Facebook with the sassy caption “If you can beat them, join them too”.

The prank supposedly poked fun at the beating last week of riot police who accompanied Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) officials on a mission to ban the Johane Masowe WeChishanu sect led by Madzibaba Ishamel Mufani shrine in the capital’s Budirio 2 suburb.

A police officer is said to have taken his uniform to Madzibaba Chacha for alterations only for the tailor to use the livery for his mocking prank.

ZRP honchos did not think it funny and had him arrested.

Meanwhile, more than 20 members of the Budiriro sect have since been arrested on suspicions of involvement in last Friday’s cop attack.

They were refused bail early this week with Harare magistrate, Vakai Chikwekwete, arguing that “granting of bail at this stage will not only jeopardise the interest of this case but will put the accused in danger.

“In short, the court is of the view that the release of the accused at this stage may cause public outcry. We will relook at this case on the 16th of June.”

Following the skirmishes, a group of Zanu PF youths, accompanied by the police, descended on the group’s shrine and desecrated the place.