Pastor acquitted from rape charge

MUTARE - A Methodist Church of Zimbabwe reverend who has been on trial for raping a sick female congregant has been acquitted.

Gladman Chauya, 33, who was attached to Mutare circuit and is also married to a pastor within the same church, was freed after a full trial by regional magistrate Livingston Chipadze.

Chauya has been languishing in prison after his bail bid was denied.

Prosecutor Malvern Musarurwa had alleged that Chauya visited the female congregant who is 35 when she was feeling unwell on January 10, 2015 at about 8pm.

The court heard how Chauya allegedly then convinced the lady to accompany him home where he claimed that his wife could help her with medication to apply to her sore leg and hands.

Upon arrival however, she was surprised to realise that there was no one home.

Chauya then took the medication and tried to massage it on the sore leg and hands but the lady refused.

She then asked to visit the toilet but when she was walking to the toilet he then dragged her into a bedroom where he used force to fondle her before raping her once.

The female congregant allegedly cried for help in vain.

After the act, the Methodist pastor allegedly then took her back to her residence.

The next day, the State claimed, she then advised church members Essex Ndewere and Florence Marume who both advised her to make a police report.

She allegedly however, later just settled for reporting the case to her church elders to take appropriate action and only made a police report after the church leadership failed to take any action.

Musarurwa vowed to appeal the Methodist preacher’ acquittal.

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