SOME apostolic members in Marange, Manicaland province, have reportedly withdrawn their children from school fearing that they could be vaccinated in violation of their doctrine.
Child rights defender Madzibaba Andby Makururu of Johane Masowe the Fifth of Africa yesterday confirmed the development and urged government to meet the leaders of the apostolic sects who are stopping their children from getting vaccinated.
“My advice to government before they take any action, they should first approach the leaders of those churches because these are the ones who have the power,” he said.
“The church leaders have a doctrine and if government wants that doctrine to be changed, it must first meet the leaders of those apostolic sect churches.”
Makururu has already urged his followers to embrace government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Through his Ruvheneko Rwenyenyedzi Trust (RRT), Makururu promised to transform the indigenous church to suit global trends and values, chief among them safeguarding the girl child.
Human rights lawyer Passmore Nyakureba yesterday pleaded for government intervention to force the members of the Marange apostolic sect to embrace vaccination against various diseases.
“I think the issues that are coming out of Marange and other pockets with apostolic sect members in Manicaland are quite disturbing,” he said. – Newsday