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Mahere says Joana Mamombe did not visit apostolic shrine

MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere has dismissed as false a report by The Herald claiming that three political activists – Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova – recently visited an apostolic sect prophetess, Madzimai Memory of Hatfield, Harare, to have the State’s case against them fall.

The report claims that the MDC trio visited the shrine located behind the Catholic University of Zimbabwe between Joshua Nkomo Road and St Martins suburb on September 1 in a bid to have allegations of having faked abductions dismissed by the courts.

 Mamombe is unstable and currently under the care of a psychiatrist.

This came out in court this week Wednesday through her lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, who was seeking temporary suspension of her reporting conditions.

Mamombe is facing allegations of faking abduction, together with Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marowa, and they are on stringent bail conditions that require them to report thrice a week to CID Law and Order, which her lawyer sought to have suspended on her behalf.

“The accused has been taken ill and currently under the care of a psychiatrist because of her unstable condition,” Muchadehama told the court.

Responding to Happi Zengeni who had commented on the story by The Herald, asking why the apostolic members allegedly violated “client confidentiality” by divulging the purpose of the MDC trio’s visit to the shrine, Mahere said: “This is fake news. The State has launched a smear campaign against the MDCT trio. The video is fake and so is this mapostori story.

“It’s all calculated to convict them in the eyes of the public ahead of their trial. The perpetrators of their abduction are yet to be brought to book.”

According to the report, the three arrived at the shrine in an unregistered Toyota Fortuner, that was being driven by Mamombe, the Member of Parliament for Harare West.

An unnamed congregant who was within earshot of the trio’s conversation with the prophet is quoted as having said:

The prophet said that the women were vigilant, especially Mamombe whom he singled out as courageous.

He also told the three activists that they lusted for material things and he described them as promiscuous, attributes that he said were bringing them misfortune.

The prophet reportedly assured the MDC trio that their misfortunes would disappear if they committed to attending regular intercessions at the shrine.

However, Muchadehama told the court that the doctor had recommended a further two weeks to manage her and proposed the suspension till September 25. The State did not oppose the application and it was granted by regional magistrate Bianca Makwande.

Allegations against the three are that on May 13 at around 1230pm, the accused and other MDC-Alliance youths gathered at Choppies Supermarket in Warren Park 1 and staged a demonstration against the recalling of their MPs from Parliament and the alleged misuse of funds for Covid-19 pandemic by the government.

On the same day, it is said they called their friends, family and lawyers saying that they had been arrested at a roadblock near the Showgrounds and were taken to Harare Central Police Station.

Allegations are that checks were made and it was established that they were not arrested.

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