The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Self-Proclaimed Satanists Dare Prison Authorities

Two self-proclaimed satanists incarcarated at the Harare Central Remand Prison have dared authorites to let them prove their exploits. The two Congolese nationals were arrested last year alongside their Rwandese counterpart, Busy Mana Thenetse, after appealing for Government permission to start their Satanism church at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.

Mutare Remand Prison authorities pleaded to separate George Renee Lungange (41) and Ngezi Bragston (37) from fellow inmates.

The two are, however, still mingling with fellow inmates at Harare Remand Prison.

Prison officials are not happy with the situation. The Satanists are in prison awaiting deportation. Lungange says he has every right to be given a chance to demonstrate his powers as much as Christian believers share their word with fellow inmates.

"We are not being granted our universal right to freedom of expression and association, we just wanted our own church because back home it is allowed. Satan is our leader and we believe in him as the spirit that he is and can bring him right here if you so wish," he said.

Prison authorities want the two to be deported back to DRC with immediate effect.

"The problem is that they came here, and were openly welcomed, now they want to bring confusion within the system," an official who can not be named said yesterday.

Journalists yesterday toured the Harare Central Remand Prison. The otherwise vocally gifted Lungange scoffed at the antagonism.

"I made contract with the devil and because of that I cannot go out. Satanism means we are free from God and can do bad things without feeling sorry. There are 10 000 of us in the DRC," he said.

According to fellow inmates, the two, who have been in remand prison for barely three weeks after being transferred from Mutare, have caused a stir after demanding human blood, a coffin and a red cloth so that they can demonstrate their power.

Lungange said the biggest gift of being a Satanist was immortality.

"Once you become a Satanist you will not die, you become almost like a spirit. We are also involved in sacrifices and another condition is that you become a homosexual," he said.

Bragston said although he had left a family, he would openly declare his faith even if it meant continued incarceration. Zimbabwe is a Christian nation and does not tolerate Satanism. Harare Remand Prison officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Billiot Chibaya said the best they can do is wait.

"We could not allow them to demonstrate their powers, what if they disappear? All we can do is wait and hope they are deported soon enough," he said.

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