Harare Prophet on the run over rape charges

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Lloyd Ndemo

Police in Harare are investigating a case in which a self-styled prophet recently raped a 30-year-old woman in Old Highfield after misrepresenting that he had been sent by the holy spirit to cleanse the congregant.

Harare provincial Police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza said the suspect is still on the run and appealed to anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of the alleged suspect to come forward.

“The suspect is on the run and anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the suspect should report to any nearest police.”

According to police sources the suspect only identified as Madzibaba Ray, visited the complainant at her residence in Highfield where he misrepresented to the complainant that she was possessed with an evil spirit which needed spiritual cleansing.

The suspect allegedly went closer to the complainant and unzipped her jeans dress. The accused then had unprotected sexual intercourse once with the complainant without her consent.

The crime only came to light after the complainant told the story to one of the church congregants who advised her to report the case to the police.

“When the suspect was approached to explain his actions, he became evasive. The matter was then reported at Harare Central Police station where investigations are underway,” said the source.

Police said members of the public should not be fooled by self-styled prophets into believing that cleansing can be achieved through sexual intercourse.

“It is all lies as the perpetrators will be using psychological means to lure the unsuspecting victims to quench their sexual appetite,” said inspector Mwanza.

Recently another Harare based self-styled prophet was arrested in Budiriro after he allegedly raped a female church congregant in his car using a snake to instill fear on the victim.