Pastor Ambushed On Live Radio, Arrested For Rape
A Harare based pastor was ambushed on a national radio talk show hosted by veteran radio presenter,Tilda Moyo by a husband and wife team and was accused of raping the woman and other congregants.
Pastor Onbert Mapfumo , 39, the founder of By Grace Ministries, was later arrested on charges of raping three members of his church members and yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa to ansers to the allegations
The state represented by Audrey Chogumaira says that on different ocassions ,Mapfumo would summon the complainants to his prayer room at house number 7937 New Canaan in Highfields , Harare and would start praying for them saying he would deliver them from evil spirits.
It is further alleged that he would go on to sleep with the women claiming that this would help break the chains of poverty
The graceful man of God who was represented by Jonathan Madotsa pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted $100 dollars as bail and was also ordered to reside athis given address and also told to report once every Friday at Machipisa Police station .He was futher cautioned not to interfere with witnesses until the finalisation of the matter
Pastors have in the recent past hogged the limelight for abuse of their female church members with the most known being Robert Martin Gumbura of RMG End Time Message Church being incarcerated on four counts of rape and one for possesing pornographic material , for which he was given 40 years at Harare’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison.The serial rapist was said to have been viewd as” God” by his members to the extent that he had given himself “divine’ rights to have intercouse with any woman of his choice regardless of their marital status and could loan them out to their husbands whilst maintaining rights over the women.He had indoctrinated his follwers for over 30 years to believe that he comunicated directly with God thus he could do as he pleased.
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance,PHD ‘s flamboyant leader ,Walter Magaya has also been accused of sexual abuse although his case is still before the courts.