Jesus Soul Winning Ministries Bishop Rose Kayanda and her followers yesterday briefly enjoyed Golden Jubilee celebration when they were discharged following instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
After principal resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife discharged them, the bishop and some of her congregants went into prayer and thanked God for releasing them.
However, as they were trooping out of the courtroom offering prayers to the heavenly father, a platoon of heavily armed police officers in plainclothes and uniform were strategically positioned outside the courtroom with intentions of arresting them.
While sampling a fresh breeze of post-Golden Jubilee celebration outside the courtroom, heavily armed police officers accosted them.The police officers ordered them to sit down before the sad news was broken. Bishop Kayanda, 52, of house no. 3954, Makeni West in Lusaka, led her followers in sitting down and raised their hands.
“We have been told to arrest you. Now, can you all stand up, let’s go,” one of the police officers said.
The church members protested and claimed that they were innocent and that they were being persecuted because they were poor.
But their pleadings fell on deaf ears as the worshippers were given marching orders and were led to a Land Cruiser pick-up in which they were bundled and driven away.
In discharging them, Magistrate Mulife had told the worshippers that the DPP asked the court to discontinue the case because they were wrongly charged.
“But this does not mean that you are acquitted, you could be arrested on fresh charges,” Magistrate Mulife said. This was when the matter came up for mention.
It was alleged that Bishop Kayanda jointly and while acting together with others on September 25 this year destroyed 200 blocks, three spades, 10 pockets of cement, two wheelbarrows and smashed one windscreen for a Hummer vehicle worth K72, 000.
In count one Bishop Kayanda and others have been charged with aggravated robbery. It is alleged that on September 25 this year Bishop Kayanda with others stole K4,000 and property worth 4,196 from Magistrate Exilda Chanda.
In count two, Bishop Kayanda and others are charged with aggravated assault contrary to the laws of Zambia. It is alleged on September 25 this year Bishop Kayanda and others while armed with stones, steel bars and planks assaulted Mr Robinson Chanda with intent to steal.
In count three Bishop Kayanda with others are charged with malicious damage to property contrary to the laws of Zambia.