Salvation Army pastor jailed for sodomy

MASVINGO – A Chivi pastor who attempted to sodomise a teenage boy he had persuaded to sleep at his house will languish in prison for one year after he was found guilty last Friday.

Tafadzwa Mutani (31), a Salvation Army pastor, was slapped with a12-month jail term by Chivi magistrate Francis Mapfumo.

He was convicted of attempting to sodomise the 19-year-old boy (name withheld).

The boy told the court he was shocked to wake up to find the pastor attempting to force his erect organ into his rear.

He said he pushed him aside.

In passing judgment, Mapfumo said there was overwhelming evidence that Mutani committed the crime.

Mupfumo said Mutani, as a man of the cloth, was supposed to lead by example and live what he preaches in the word of God.

Prosecutor Nickson Chamisa said on February 17 this year at Salvation Army Church at Ngundu Growth Point in Chivi, the pastor invited the boy to sleep at his house saying he was lonely and wanted someone to share stories with that night.

At the house, the pastor started asking the boy if he had feelings and a girlfriend.

They retired to bed and he asked the boy to share his bed with him.

It is further alleged that the pastor persuaded the boy to sleep with his underwear alone, saying sleeping in shorts and underwear caused men to be unable to father children.

The boy obliged.

When he woke up, he was shocked to see the pastor attempting to sodomise him.

The pastor wrestled the boy, fondling his private parts and kissing him. He had his shorts dropped to knee level with his manhood erect.

The boy mounted resistance and texted a short-message to his father who stays in the vicinity.

He also texted his friend around the same time and the texts we reproduced as evidence in court.

The father allegedly sent the friend and other relatives to rescue his son and subsequently reported the matter at Ngundu Police Station the following morning, leading to the pastor’s arrest.

The pastor was represented by Collen Maboke of Mwonzora and Associates.

Comments (1)

Shame on you Pastor. You belong to the Synagogue of Satan and not worthy to be a pastor of a Christian congregation. Now some guys who are demon-possessed like you will whet their depraved and abominable sexual appetite and thirst on you in prison.

Jorodhani Sithole - 9 July 2013

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