JOHANNE Masowe eChishanu (The Fifth of Africa) apostolic sect leader Andby Makururu has secured freedom for three prisoners including a female teen murder accused who were languishing at Mutare Remand Prison after failing to make bail after being given reprieve to stand trial from home by the High Court.
Makururu who extended the goodwill gesture during his third tour of the facility in as many weeks over Easter through his Ruvheneko Rwenyenyedzi Trust also donated foodstuffs worth thousands of dollars to remaining prisoners.
Vennah Taguta, 18, from Mafararikwa village who is facing murder charges, Edmore Masunungure of Chifodya village in Nyanga who is facing attempted murder charges and Moreblessing Mutukwa Dzinetsera from Odzi who is on trial for stock theft each had their $1 000 bail settled to secure their freedom pending the finalisation of their trial.
He had been alerted to the plight of the trio during his latest visit.
Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) spokesperson Liberty Mhlanga confirmed the kind gesture.
“We are happy with this gesture, when we reached to the prophet over the Coronavirus, he donated to us protective equipment and now he donated some food that will help our prisoners with their diet,” he said
“Today (Saturday) he paid bail for some prisoners who were failing to raise money for their bail , so far we have three that he has paid for but we are still in the process of writing a list that can be assisted. This is a good gesture because the move will reduce the population of our prisoners in jail,” Mhlanga said.
The popular cleric recently handed personal protective equipment such as gloves, soap, sanitisers to aid their response to the threat of Covid-19 as it admits new inmates unlike dedicated jails which are not taking new prisoners with courts on lockdown.
Makururu addressing prisoners urged prisoners to continue to pray.
“l am urging you to continue to pray whilst you are here in prison, God has only the answer in what you are going through.
“I will continue to help with food as long God is continuing to provide for me. One last advise l want to give you please pray for each other and don’t smoke while you are inside the cells,” Makururu said