Mathew Masinge

APOSTOLIC sect leader, Madzibaba Ishmael Chokurongerwa, is expected back in court today for trial commencement.

Madzibaba Ishmael, and seven others, are facing charges of contravening Section 3(1) and (2) of the Burial and Cremation Act 5:03 and Section (7) and (5) of the Children’s Act 5:06.

The trial has so far been deferred twice after Madzibaba Ishmael and one of his closest aides, Takavengwa Gwenzi, fell ill.

On the second occasion their lawyer, Purity Chikangaise, was also not feeling well.

In the process, warrants of arrests were issued against Madzibaba Ishmael and Madzibaba Gwenzi.

Norton magistrate, Christine Nyandoro, postponed the hearing to today where the State has indicated that it will proceed for trial under any circumstances.

Madzibaba Ishmael is out on US$1 000 bail.

And, as part of his conditions, he was ordered to reside at his given address and to report twice a week at any nearest police station.

The apostolic sect leader is also facing rape charges for allegedly having sexual intercourse with five minors with whom he has six children. Three other suspects are also facing domestic violence charges.

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