Officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care called in the Zimbabwe Republic Police to move in and close a Johanne Marange apostolic sect shrine in Murewa.
The move comes after four members, including the leader, died from cholera at the shrine. This is the second time in less than a month that police have been called in to shut down the shrine.
A senior police officer in Mashonaland East province confirmed the development. The officer said:
I can confirm that police officer in Murewa have since moved in to assist the ministry of health officials in closing down the shrine and disperse everyone gathered there. Senior police officials from the province are also on the way to the shrine to assess how best we can stop further outbreaks.
So far the cholera outbreak has claimed 8 lives in the district.