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Mozambique: Johane Marange Sect Banned

The Mozambican Ministry of Justice has banned, in the Central Province of Manica, a religious sect called “Johane Marange” for allegedly pro...

The Mozambican Ministry of Justice has banned, in the Central Province of Manica, a religious sect called “Johane Marange” for allegedly promoting child marriage and disrespecting health issues.

The church in question first emerged in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where it has been operating since 2003.

According to Albachir Macassar, the National Director of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, interviewed by Radio Mozambique, the Ministry has also banned some religious institutions with “obscure purposes” in the southern Province of Inhambane.

“To discipline some behaviour and excesses of certain religious denominations, a draft Law on Religious Freedom and Worship is under discussion to regulate the exercise of this activity in Mozambique”, the director said.
Mozambique: Johane Marange Sect Banned

Macassar argues that the State should act, not to interfere in the exercise of the activities of religious groupings. but to direct and discipline them “and the new law will provide for the registration of a religious denomination with a minimum of 2,000 faithful, in contrast to the current law which recognizes any religious body with a minimum of 500 faithful.”

According to Macassar, for the establishment of a new church, by those who decide to leave an existing congregation, they must possess a letter of disaffiliation or recommendation, and their leaders must hold a certificate in theology.

“They must possess a letter of recommendation from the top leader of the previous religious grouping, attesting to their suitability to found another congregation”, he said.

John or Johane Marange was born in 1912 and died in 1963. He was born Muchabaya Momberume (also spelled Ngomberume) near Bondwe Mountain in the Marange, then Rhodesia in 1912.

He was given the name Johanne Mubhabhatidzi Mupostori in 1932 July . He was educated as a Methodist. He was born in 1912 and at the age of 5 years he began to receive the Holy Spirit. He had brothers named Anorodi and Konoriyo.

In 1932, when Marange was 20, he returned from journeys in the bush announcing a series of visions and encounters with Jesus Christ, calling him to be a Holy Spirit guided itinerant preacher and establish a new African church.

In his visions he was also admonished that he should baptize people and observe the [Saturday] Sabbath (Sabata In Shona). He founded the largest independent church in Central Africa.

The main gathering of the church occurred at Passover feast named PASKA at Marange's village, lasting for seventeen days, and ending with communion. - Online Sources

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