UFIC pastor arrested over gold

HARARE - A United Family International Church (UFIC) pastor was yesterday hauled before the courts after allegedly being found in possession of nine grammes of gold.

The bullion, which is worth $429,26, was recovered wrapped in a Zimbabwe bearer’s cheque bill, which is now out of circulation.

Magistrate Don Ndirowei remanded James Mwarira, 25, a pastor at UFIC’s Kambuzuma Church to June 18 for trial on a $50 bail.

The court heard on June 10, detective sergeant Munouya, detective constable Walaza and detective constable Mavhene from Harare Minerals Unit were on patrol when they received information that Mwarira was dealing in gold at F.M Jewellery.

It is the State’s case that upon arrival at the shop situated at the corner of Kwame Nkrumah and Kaguvi Street, the cops identified themselves as police officers to Mwarira.

Mavhene asked to search Mwarira which he consented to while Munouya watched.

Allegations are that Mavhene recovered a suspected gold button wrapped in a $50 billion Zimbabwe bearer’s cheque, stashed in a small zipped compartment in Mwarira’s wallet.

When asked to produce authorisation for the gold, the UFIC pastor failed to do so, resulting in his instant arrest. - Helen Kadirire

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