A self-acclaimed bishop has been remanded in prison custody for conniving with his brother to rape and impregnate a 17-year-old church member.
The 41-year-old Bishop identified as Andrew Mnkandla of Zimbabwe was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
He reportedly connived with his 34-year-old brother identified as Lovemore, a pastor at the church, and held the victim hostage at his house and raped her on different occassions.
They also threatened that the demons they had exorcised from her would return with scores of others to haunt her if she told anyone about the encounter.
The court heard he went to the teen’s mother with his wife and tried to bribe her so that she convinces her daughter to change her statement in court. Mnkandla had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of rape before magistrate Chrispen Mberewere.
Things took a rather apalling turn when the so-called bishop could not recite four common Bible verses.
Mr Mberewere asked Mnkandla to recite Genesis 1 verse 1, Psalms 23 verse 1, John 3 verse 16 and John 14 verse 1.
Laughter erupted from the gallery when the bishop said John 3 verse 16 reads: “Let your hearts not be troubled,” but it actually reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Mr Mberewere said: “Oh well bishop, it looks like the Bible is giving you a hard time. You can’t even recite very common verses familiar to many people. Let’s just get back to the business that brings you here, that of bedroom issues, because you seem to be better in that department.”
Narrating the incident in court, the victim said Lovemore raped her at Khami Mountains and Mnkandla raped her at his house.
“We went to the mountains for seven days with my father and Lovemore. My father was called back to work on the fourth day, leaving me with Lovemore. On our way home he dragged me into a nearby bush and raped me. He told me if I told anyone, all the demons would return.
“Mnkandla came to our house and asked me to go to his house where he raped me twice. The first time he wore a condom. On another occassion he held me hostage in his house the whole night.
“My mother came to look for me at his house while I was in his bedroom but he denied knowledge of my whereabouta. He told me to escape through the back door and wait for him at a football pitch close by. He came to get me later and instructed me to tell my father that I had spent the night at a school gate.”
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