FIVE NEPHEWS OF Zion Christian Church bishop Nehemiah Mutendi have been arrested in Gokwe after they assaulted a family before destroying its property in a dispute over aownership of a seven roomed house at the church’s shrine in Defe Dopota.
It is alleged that Frank Govhat,Tanaka,Webster and Rueben Mutendi’s brother ,last month assaulted Mr Alleviate Nyamazana and his wife Melody with steel chairs and bricks after their refusal to vacate the house.
The brothers besieged the Nyamazana homestead at the shrine in Gokwe and assaulted the two infront of the villagers and church members .The villagers said the five brothers went on to destroy 17 windowpanes around the house as well as ripping open its roof.
Acting Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the incident which occured on May 24.
“I can confirm the five members of ZCC Mutendi sect were arrested after they severely assaulted Mr Nyamazana and his wife in a dispute over ownership of the house,”he said.
“The house which is at the centre of controvesy was sold to the church by Mr Nyamazana’s brother.”
mr Nyamazana is said to have stayed put in the house after he was given an eviction notice by the church .Mrs Nyamazana sustained interna body injuries and deep cut on the right hand due to the assault and was admitted at Gokwe District Hospital for three days before being reffered to Harare.
Mr Nyamazana alleged in an interview that the house ,which is at the centre of controversy was illegally sold to ZCC Mutendi church by his brother after both their parents had died.
“I was surprised when the church served me with an eviction notice sometime last year ,”he said.”I then informed the church to first compensate my family before evicting us”
“I was then told the house had already been sold to the church and would soon be turned into a clinic”
Mr Nyamazana said he tried to engage the church so that the matter would be resolved amicably ,but the church refused.
Bishop Mutendi’s son,who is also the church’s legal advisor ,Mr Shepard Mutendi ,said the house belonged to the church.
“Mr Nyamazana must confront his brother who sold the house not the church,” he said.
“We bought the house from his brother Archibold for US$4500”
Mr Mutendi denied sending his cousins to forcibly evict Mr Nyamazana.