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Zimbabwe sect leader accused of child abuse is denied bail

Zimbabwe sect leader accused of child abuse is denied bail

THE leader of a religious sect in Zimbabwe was denied bail after being arrested last week for suspected child abuse when police found 251 minors working on his farm and 16 graves. Ishmael Chokurongerwa, 56, described by police as a "self-styled prophet" appeared in court in the town of Norton near the capital Harare on Tuesday along with seven of his church members who also face charges. They were not asked to plead. Denying them bail, Norton magistrate Christine Nyandoro argued that Chokurongerwa could use his influence to interfere with witnesses and that there would be a public outcry if he was…
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Zimbabwe sect leader held after 251 children rescued from farm labour

Zimbabwe sect leader held after 251 children rescued from farm labour

 A Zimbabwean sect leader and "self-styled prophet" appeared in court charged with child abuse after police raided his farm and rescued more than 200 children doing physical labour, police said. The children "were subjected to abuse as cheap labour, doing manual work in the name of being taught life skills", a police statement said. Police found 251 children on the farm who were not attending school, most of whom did not have birth certificates. They also found 16 graves, including seven for infants, all of which were unregistered, the statement said. Advertisement · Scroll to continue Ishmael Chokurongerwa, 56, described…
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