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Robert Mugabe, the thug who currently rules Zimbabwe — running that country into the ground — has given the Vapostori
sect permission to invade a farm owned by a white commercial farmer in Matabeleland South.
Five members of a Vapostori sect from Silobela are alleged to have brutally killed a colleague they suspected to be a wizard using logs, a knobkerrie and an axe during a church service.
Zimbabwe’s battle against Aids, which has so far claimed more than two million lives, received a major boost on Friday when more than 70 Apostolic and Zionist churches made a landmark resolution to abolish polygamy at the launch of an anti-HIV and Aids blueprint in the capital. Polygamy has been found to fuel the spread of HIV and Aids and is a deep-rooted practice in the sects. The 23-page policy document supports this landmark development with Scriptures from the Bible, and the abolition of polygamy will start with the leaders of the Apostolic and Zionist churches. It quotes 1 Timothy
BBC, Nov. 25, 2002 http://news.bbc.co.uk/ Ten members of a religious sect have been killed by lightning near the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, while conducting open-air prayers. The state-run Herald newspaper reports that two of those who died were children and another 61 people suffered burns. The injured were treated in hospital in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Harare. Members of the “Vapostori” sect do not worship in churches. They say they are Christians but Zimbabwe’s mainstream churches are divided about whether or not they should be counted as Christians, as they also incorporate many traditional