Sexual abuse rife in local churches

People think if a person is a preacher man, that person knows everything and yet some people are being led astray by these people.

Opinion by Ropafadzo Mapimhidze

On March 16, 2003, some police officers, court officials and prison wardens were assaulted and ran for dear life as pandemonium broke out at the Harare Magistrates’ Court soon after the conviction of prominent Chitungwiza spiritual healer Madzibaba Godfrey Nzira on seven counts of rape and one count of indecent assault. This was the first time such violence had happened at the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Nzira’s followers, mainly women, loudly shouted: “You cannot do that to our god.”

Nzira was slapped with a 32-year prison term after being convicted of seven counts of rape and one of indecent assault involving two women at his shrine. Many other cases from that sect have not been reported.

I had the opportunity of listening to a sermon by Pastor Godwin Chitsinde of Spoken Word at his church in Belvedere last Sunday where he described some churches and likened them to religious fanatics like Alice Lenshina, the Zambian woman who made her followers drink urine and “fly” from trees before that country’s independence.

The truth was that she had tremendous hypnotical skills which convinced her followers that she truly was a woman of God! Some of the practices Lenshina’s people indulged in was the smearing of own human waste on the body so as to be purportedly invincibile against evil forces. Many people are believed to have plunged to their death from great heights on such “test flights”.

Pastor Chitsinde also spoke about Jim Jones who induced members of his temple in Jonestown, Guyana, where he had relocated from the United States, to drink cyanide, killing a total 914 people, 303 of them children. This resulted in the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the September 11, 2011 attacks. Jones raped and made women pregnant who later had the fetuses terminated all in the name of “love your God”. He had become their “god”.

Pastor Chitsinde also spoke at length about the emergence of so-called bishops, prophets and pastors who were fraudsters using the Word of God.

“How can I be quiet? Jesus did not keep quiet when His temple had been turned into a den of thieves where people have their money stolen. Why people are so gullible?

“Such “men of god” suffer from serious mental problems. They are no different from a tsikamutanda (witch hunter) who I challenged in Glendale in 2003. He claimed that he had found the limb of a buried dead child in the house of some well-to-do family.

“When DNA tests were conducted, it was revealed that the limb did not belong to that child. So whose limb was that?
The Daily Nation of Kenya reports that the wife of a self- proclaimed miracle worker, Gilbert Deya, recently pleaded for forgiveness after she started serving a three-year jail term for stealing a baby boy for a childless couple in their church.

“These are the miracle babies that the Gilbert Deya Ministries had become famous for, but anything that is not of God will surely be exposed in no time.”

However, a disturbing trend has been recorded in some of our local churches where “men of God” are sexually abusing women from their congregations and sending them for abortions.

The women are threatened with curses and even death as some of these prophets claim to have the power to kill dissenting voices if they report these cases.

A local bling bling prophet was cited as having impregnated a woman who was taken for an abortion in South Africa. Names of both prophet and victim were mentioned. Pastor Chitsinde said it was wrong for men of God to watch as these “men of God” violate women.

“I will not stop talking about these matters,” he added.

Apostle Benjamin Kwaramba, a Zimbabwean minister of religion based in South Africa, said on Facebook: “Why is it that we hate being corrected? Is rebuke not part of the Gospel? Is being rebuked not better than cheers that lead you into destruction? If I wrote as I have done many times prophetic declarations, I get amen after amen, but once as fathers we stand and rebuke or put order we are rejected, insulted and even threatened. What have we become? I believe in all gifts of the Spirit and they function in my life too, but my life must be aligned to Christ, not the gift for my own glory.”

Veneranda Langa, a NewsDay journalist, interviewed one woman who described how she also lost money at one mushrooming church.

She fell pregnant and was encouraged to abort the foetus by the pastor who impregnated her.

“I am a member of a church being run by a Congolese national (name supplied) and have been a victim of abuse. This pastor slept with me and has been doing that with several other young girls, widows and even married women,” she said.

Director of Women’s Action Group, Edinah Masiyiwa, confirmed she had received this report. Langa reports that Pastor Retina Mlambo of Return to Christ Ministries also said she had attended to several cases of widows and girls who had been sexually abused within the body of Christ.

She also reported that Temba Nzounhenda, the national organising secretary of Varume Svinurai/Madoda Vhukani, said his organisation has attended to cases of females and males who claimed they had been sexually abused by men of God.

  • rmapimhidze@newsday.co.zw

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7 Responses to Sexual abuse rife in local churches

  1. baba ru January 12, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Why is it that churches u expose one another;in the satanic world they keep secrets :pastors u are now disgracing yours pliz keep quiet

    • Onnie January 12, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Eeh Baba Ru let me answer you there. Just as Christ is the light, the church that is of Christ should have light and the light does not tolerate darkness, it exposes anything done in the dark. On the other hand just as Satan is darkness so are his followers and they enjoy the darkness and anything done in the dark so everything is kept a secret that is in the dark.

    • Mweni Tafara January 12, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Chitsinde is doing a good job, he is trying to distinguish between men of god and those of dog.

  2. NEWMAN MOYO January 12, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    l like this kind of talk that exposes kids of the devil who are decieving people. Another thing is women are defenders of these tricksters in most instances as evidenced by there familiar speech…” he is a man of God” yet in actual fact these are man of the devil. At the moment l understand you are aware of many prophets on the land in suits, these man love money and women yet there congregations are blinded by there so called prophecies which are lies after all. so carry on we need more of this talk, people with the truth are always subdued yet decievers always get enough publicity to spread there lies , if only more repoters could cover Pastor godwin Chitsinde then are nation will be HEALED…..

    • BENJAMIN KWABENA KYEREMATENG January 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

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      3. IN THE NAME OF JESUS , LET MR. ALEX NII HAYFORD AND HIS WIFE,MRS EVELYN KUMI HAYFORD GIVE BIRTH TO 12 CHILDREN WITHOUT ANY BIRTH IMPLICATIONS( PROBLEMS) ESPECIALLY ON THE PART OF MRS EVELYN KUMI HAYFORD.
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      5. IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET JEMIMA KYEREMATENG MARRY A WORTHY WHITE , LOVING, CARING MAN, WHO IS A TRUE CHRISTIAN WHO IS AT LEAST 6 YEARS OLDER THAN HER WITHOUT PREMARITAL SEX.
      6. IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET, KOFI AGYEKUM KYEREMATENG AND GLORIA GOGENENI MARRY AND STAY TOGETHER AND HAVE 12 CHILDREN WITHOUT AND BIRTH IMPLICATION ( birth problems) ESPECIALLY ON THE PART OF GLORIA GOGENENI.
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      9. ANY SICKNESS IN KOFI AGYEKUM ABDOMEN BE HEALED RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME .
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      11. IN THE NAME OF JESUS ANY SICKNESS IN JEMIMA KYEREMATENG BODY BE HEALED RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME.
      12. IN THE NAME OF JESUS ANY SICKNESS IN ERNERST KYEREMATENG ABDOMEN BE HEALED RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME.
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      15. IN THE NAME OF JESUS ANY SICKNESS IN PHILOMENA SERWAA EYE BE HEALED RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME .
      16. IF AND ONLY IF IT IS TRUE THAT THERE ARE SECURITY CAMERA AND SUCURITY GADGETS AT THE PLACE THAT I LIVE( HOME) AND OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR THEN I AM THAT I AM JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT SHOULD DESTROY THEM ( security camera and gadgets) WITHOUT ANY BODY KNOWING AND EXCEPT me, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND MY MOTHERS.
      17.IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET IAM THAT IAM , JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT FIX THE MOWER IN MY HOUSE AND SHOW ME HOW TO FIX IT .

      18. IN THE NAME OF JESUS , I AM THAT I AM , JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT SHOULD WRITE OFF ANY DEPT THAT I OWE CHEVY CHASE AT KINGSBROOK ROAD NEAR GIANT FOOD AND PHARMACY.

      19. IN THE NAME OF JESUS LET I AM THAT I AM , JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT SHOULD REVEAL ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SENDING ME THE LOTTERY – FANTANSY NATIONAL LOTTERY AND LET I AM STOPPED THEM FROM SCAMING ME AND LET THEM PROMISE ME THAT THEY WILL NOT DO THAT AGAIN AND ASLO CLOSE THE ACCOUNT FOREVER ,amen.

      20. IN THE NAME OF JESUS , I AM THAT I AM JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT SHOULD GIVE ME A CAR THAT CAN FRY IN AIR, LAND AND SEA WITHOUT NEVER BEING DESTROY, AND THAT CAN DRIVE ON LAND( ANY WHERE AND EVERYWHERE AND COME BACK ON LAND WITHOUT ANY ACCIDENTS AND WITHOUT ME BEING HURT AT ALL AS MUCH AS ANY ONE ELSE, AND IT SHOULD AND MUST NOT BEING SEEN BY ANYONE WHEN SHOULD NOT BEING SEEN AND ALSO WITHOUT BEING DAMAGE AND IT SHOULD AND MUST REPAIR ITSELF AND NOT AS ROBOT BUT PERSON IT SHOULD FIND ME WHEREEVER IAM AND GIVE ME RIDE ANY TIME ANY WHERE WHILE I AUTO DRIVE MANUALLY WHEN I BOARD ON IT AND SHOULD FUEL ITSELF.

      21. IN THE NAME OF JESUS, I AM THAT IAM JESUS AND THE HOLLY SPIRIT SHOULD AFTER MARRYING SHIELLA ASARE APPIAH HAVE FAVOUR WITH HER SHILLA ASARE APPIAH ( ONLY AND ONLY LOVE) WITHOUT ME ( BENJAMIN KWABENA KYEREMATENG) AND HER ( SHIELLA ASARE APPIAH ) DYING.

  3. Reuben Mabsa January 12, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    The problem of the insitution of the Church being abused to satisfy the sexual appetites of prelates is common. Yesterday, the Australian Prime Minister established a Royal Commission to look into allegations of sexual abuse of children in institutions, going back several years. The Church, particularly the Catholic Church, has been fingered for a long time for its priests and brothers sexually abusing children. Public sentiment against these misdeeds became so strong that the Government had to respond, regardless of the initial protestations by the arch-bishop of Sydney. There are too many pervates who take the cover of the cloth to conduct their nefarious activities. We need the light shone on these guys or they continue to ravage vulnerable individuals, families and communities, including conning them of their hard won cash.

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