Man Of The Cloth Robs US$6000 From Congregant During Prayer:
A self-proclaimed man of the cloth allegedly went on a shopping spree after he stole US$6 000 from a client during a prayer session.
Joseph Muchakata from Dzimbi Village under Chief Chirumhanzu in Mvuma learned the hard way that not all prophets are men of God after a man of cloth Patrick Musasa (55) advised him to bring his US$6 000 to the shrine so he could pray for it arguing that there were evil spirits after it.
Muchakata had no idea that Musasa and his co-accused Madzibaba Shadrack Gwatiringa (34), Alex Muzondiwa (46), Francis Makopa (65), and Conrad Ngamera (18) had connived and plotted to steal the money, he went with the money to the shrine.
Unfortunately, after the prayers and on his way home, Muchakata realized that he no longer had his money. He tried to find out from Musasa and his accomplices but to no avail.
He reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of Musasa and his co-accused.
Masasa appeared before magistrate Constance Mutandwa at Mvuma Magistrates Court and was not asked to plead.
The court heard that on the 1st of February, 2021, at 8:30 pm Muchakata and Musasa and with their other friends except for Gwatiringa went for a night prayer at Runyararo shrine in Denhere Village.
Muchakata brought the US$6 000 which he had been advised by Musasa to bring to the shrine.
According to the court papers, they finished their prayer session the next morning at 6 am and Muchakata gave the four accused a lift to Mangoma Business Centre and they went to their respective homes.
However, Muchakata discovered on getting home that his money was missing and followed the accused one after another but to no avail. He went back to the shrine but did not find the money. He reported the case to Mvuma Police.
Police made ma follow up on the case and first picked up Ngamera who implicated Musasa as the person who took the money from Muchakata, they proceeded to the shrine and picked up Muzondiwa.
The police went to Musasa’s place and found a lot of new things including door frames, doors, and various groceries. Musasa failed to explain the source of the money.
Following up on their lead, the investigating police officers proceeded to Gwatiringa’s homestead and found a second-hand pickup truck registration book with number ABL2995 and Gwatiringa indicated that the car belonged to Musasa.
According to The Mirror, Magistrate Mutandwa slapped Musasa with a two-and-half years sentence and she removed the six months on condition that Musasa does not commit a similar offense in the next five years.
Meanwhile, his co-accused Gwatiringa, Muzondiwa, Makopa, and Ngamera are expected to appear in court soon.