RCZ pastor in sex scandal

A SEX scandal has rocked the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ)’s Pamushana congregation in Nyika, where Reverend Menard Zvenyika is said to have indulged in an extra-marital affair and impregnated his housemaid.

REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON

The issue has become so intense to the extent that the church’s elders have accused the RCZ leadership of attempting to downplay the scandal, after it emerged that the man of cloth impregnated a village woman, Rose Nyamushaya (36), twice and induced her to abort the pregnancies.

Nyamushaya said she had decided to spill the beans after realising that her lover, Rev Zvenyika, had turned against her despite a three-year-long relationship and had further reneged on his promise to pay her $3 000 to keep her mouth shut.

According to Nyamushaya’s affidavit commissioned by the ZRP on April 23 this year, she started the sexual relationship with Rev Zvenyika sometime in December 2007.

Nyamushaya said the affair came about when she told Rev Zvenyika’s wife that her (Nyamushaya’s) husband had been bewitched and had become sexually impotent, a situation which was now threatening her marriage.

She said Rev Zvenyika’s wife confided in her husband who in turn offered to help, resulting in the extra-marital affair.

Nyamushaya said her initial sexual encounter with Rev Zvenyika was at a Devure hideout followed by another at Roy Farm and later on his matrimonial bedroom, guest room, office, in the fields and in his car.

“I got pregnant in 2010 and 2011 and when I told him he replied that he risked being fired by the church if this was to be known. One day he brought me some liquid in a bottle and ordered me to drink it. I drank the liquid and it was then that he told me that it was a concoction meant to induce abortion,” Nyamushaya said.

She further said several meetings were held after she reported the matter to the elders and present at the meetings were Reverends Juro, Mhuru, Hapazari, Mhuruyengwe, Runyowa, and Zvenyika together with other church members.

Contacted for comment by NewsDay, RCZ secretary-general Rev Runyowa could neither deny nor confirm the matter.

“I cannot talk to you over the phone, I do not operate that way. If you want to ask any questions, you have to visit my office,” Rev Runyowa said and hung up his phone.

Another RCZ pastor who at one point was present when the matter was deliberated upon early this year, Rev Rutoro, said: “That’s a family issue, the lady claimed she was pregnant and the tests were conducted and came out negative. There are forces behind the whole issue, we are not protecting the pastor, but the woman’s family have since taken the matter to the chief and it’s now a question of tarnishing one’s image.”

The church elders who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity showed the paper a petition which had been written to RCZ moderator over the sex scandal.

“As a matter of urgency, please kindly reinstitute a new team of investigators who are honest, reliable, God-fearing and who are drawn from all the other bodies of the church to bring a balance. A team dominated by ministers of religion has proved problematic,” the elders said.

49 Responses to RCZ pastor in sex scandal

  1. chibatamoto June 24, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Even at RCZ Ruwa branch there is a Mupenzwa and a Mai Zvavamwe, who teaches at Ruwa Primary school who are serious love birds yet both are married, taking advantage of her husband who is out of the country. Church iyi ine mbiri yehufeve.

  2. Mupfana June 24, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Not in my Church and congregation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. kudzai June 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    uuuh repoters are now confusing us coz there is an apology concernin the issue now u saying its tru pli do ur proper investigatios before publishing coz honestly u wl be tarnishing ones image thus bad publicity anywhere

  4. Bhiniwere Madzokere June 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Vafundisi imbomira kufeva. Manje manje zvikaramba zvakadai vanhu vacharamba kutungamirirwa nemhombwe dzakaita semi!

  5. Doode June 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Hapana chakashata apa,pachivanhu chedu mukadzi akakutaurira kuti mumba hamusisina moto unomubatsira nenzira idzodzi hazvinei kuti uri Pastor.

  6. OnceUponATime June 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I thought maPostori chete ndo anoshandira. . . .

  7. Gurwe June 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Iyoka imwe yekuRuwa yabuda futi; there is no smoke without fire! Nemazita ataurwa; zvepanyika zvakaoma, munhu anomira pamberi pechita achiita zvakadai ngaatye mwari!

  8. Doode June 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Musazvinetsa pamwe pastor Zvenyika ndicho chipo chavanacho chokubatsira vanenge vanedambudziko rakadayi.

  9. BADMAN June 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    pastor vakasota munhu kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  10. rest June 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    pastor tsvakai mumwe futi muchurch. mu church makazara mabharanzi evakadzi havagoni kuramba varume or vakadzi damburai pastor kkk

  11. dhorofiya June 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Pastor damburai

  12. Salter June 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Zvimapastor zvefake,naivo vakadzi vacho madununu

    • Gwito June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Zvinotyisa – why is it each one will end being a victim after after all this – this is a stupid game & irresponsible behaviour . Pastor & church female member playing the love-victim-game.

  13. masvingo netara June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    moto wanga washaika mumba ukawanikwa’mubhurugu maPastor

  14. Wekumakomo June 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    NekuMasvingo kuno isu vatendi vekuRunyararo West tatambudzika neMufundisi weYouth naamaiveSungano vanodzidzisa paChikato primary vakatoita chimwana chavo chisikana.Varikudanana zviri pachena zvokuti kunyange vana vadiki vava kuzviziva Kuitawo here nhaimi vanyengeri vanotukisa kereke yashe.Asi nhai vakuru veRCZ kereke yofa here nepfambi idzi .Synode haichina vatungamiriri here.Tobvisa zvipo kuti vafundisi vawane mari yokuita mabasa erima akadai.Ava mufundisi veyouth madii mavati vaiite mufundisi wanababa nokuti vana vedu vari munhamo nevabati venyu vanyengeri.Vafundisi ngavabate nomutovo unokudzisa zita rashe.Vakawanda vabati veRCZ vakadai asi kuti vazhinji vacho havasati vabatwa.Hazvinei hazvo vafundisi hasha dzaMwari dzichaburuswa pamusoro penyu nevanyengeri vose.Zvose zvamunoita pakavanda zvichafukurwa pachena nashe.Mai Chisamba pindirai munzwirire nezvenyaya dzakadai mutsvakurudzo

  15. M Makoni June 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    RCZ is always covering for the pastors,another priest named Zingoni has been doing the same for years. His wife is a teacher but he sleeps with student teacher a who are under his wife. He made a student to abort at morgenster mission but nothing was done. In kwekwe he is sleeping with 4 married wives and of them is another priests wife

    • Celeste June 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Hama dzangu Zingoni achiri mufundisi here???? Hmmmn hey ka..

    • local observer June 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      apa wanyenyepa RCZ haina mufundisi anonzi zingoni he retired long back

  16. anotida June 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    lets not judge

  17. Mupfana June 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Ko iye mukadzi anozotsvaka counselling kuna Pastor sei? Murume wake haana hama here? Ndiro basa raana tete vakuru kana madzikoma omurume uyu kwete kuenda kwaPastor.Pastor munhuwo wenyama .Ini handitambire mukadzi anoti ndikamurova ondoudza Pastor.Muchechi mavakudyiwa chikumba varumewe!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Fox Master June 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Batai munhu ……………………………

  19. Dofo June 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    pastor ivava havasvodi asi mai vacho vagoni basa kai.zvino tava kutotya kutsvaka advice kumapastor. ko ivo havachibva here pachiunga ichi kana vasina mhosva, vaende kumwe vozvozvipuruvha nemabasa avo. tanyara navo isu.

  20. JOE CHAMBA June 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Pastor vakabatsira zvomweya nezvenyama asi munhu hatendi ode kuvadya mari ndoCorruption maZimbo nyaya yedu yese inehuwori mukati anhuwee.

  21. john June 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    who is the pastor weYouth wacho

  22. Wekumakomo June 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Mufume

  23. Zvenyika June 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    What can i say ! Its all lies

  24. mu youth June 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    murikutidzidzisei isu ma youth heh

  25. Amai June 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Please siyai mwari to judge. you are tarnishing other people’s image, and who knows if the issues are true or not. Its not right, think about the family vana vavo, their spouses and all. Who will they feel seeing this. Guys its not right.

  26. Chaplin June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    This is hypocricy in the house of God, they will face hell even if they are acquited in the courts.

  27. Rcz June 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Dont generaliae, pastors are human just like you. Anyway this is happening in many churches its just not publicised

  28. Skhokho June 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    l think we’re in the last days !

  29. mukoma June 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    vanonyepa mai ava.kana chiri vhokwadi murume vavo arikutiwo kudii panyaya iyi

  30. Mzilikazi June 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Pasta, kikikiiiiikikiii. He copies and paste.

  31. mirandu June 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    iwe M Makoni hausvodi kunyepa…mfundisi zingoni vaita sei vauri kunenera nhema dzakadai. ita mushe wazvihwa. it is such mischief from pple like you yaparadzanisa vanhu

  32. muReformer June 25, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    ummmm…..VaZvenyika here….?

  33. Tezvara June 25, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    The issue has been blown out of proportion by mischievious people and the media. The church has its disciplinary procedures which were observed and the pastor was found not guilty. The interested parties have approached the courts and its only fair to allow the process to take its course.
    RCZ is a God fearing church with over 100 000 parishioners and its doctrine is sound and has stood the test of time. LIke in any other establishment the conduct of its members can not be construed to be the character and teaching of the church.
    The church does not CONDONE immorality both from its ministers and members.
    If you have proof that such activity is happening in your area please inform your local church council who will conclusively deal with the matter.
    Lets continue to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in our pilgrimage.

  34. ishu June 25, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hakuna zvakadaro

  35. Matsotsi June 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Ende zvakaoma. RCZ chii chaizvo? Vasivo vafundisi vaikurudzirira kuti Apostle Aaron Chavani and Evangelist Shayawabaya varowe neshamhu nokuti vanamatira munhu airwara. Vaparidza Kuzimuto vachiti Chavani akandokakata mweya yoku NIgeria kwa T. B Joshua. Warning to all of you there? The bible says, Touch not my anointed one.

  36. madziva k June 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    zvakaoma hama dzangu

  37. GLORY TO GOD June 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    LETS LIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD PEOPLE.SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM.

    • chapogo June 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      zvanzi ndini synod yacho hapana zvamunondiita. mapurisa aripi kana munhu akaitiswa abortiom? heya munongwarira kunyangadza vane mota muroad chete. this is a case of abuse of a vulnerable poor woman. commissioner makakotsira here madzimai achiitwa mahachi kudai by people vane mapfumo emashanga. moderator we rcz rutovo rweshindi rusina nematuro ose.

  38. Mureformer June 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    The anointed ones ndivo vanorohwa neshamhu asi mhombwe nembavha languishing in flamboyant church positions. Help us Oh Lord.

  39. Tezvara TWO June 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I agree with Tezvara. I think he said it all. In my view it appears there are forces behind the whole thing. The people at Pamushana are aware of this. This case was concluded by the church’s investigating team. It is probable that somebody was not happy with the outcome of the case. We know why you are doing that to Rev M. Zvenyika. The world is watching you.

    • mu reformer June 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      can we have the convincing out come of the whole issue isu savatendi. This whole issue of publishing the story goes to show how the believers are not happy with the outcome if ever they were told. Tezvara the procedure are there, can somebody stand up for the church and defend the position in a way convincing, I don’t believe the church can come to a hold because one Rev has been revealed of his duties that is if necessary.

  40. Matsotsi 2 June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    At matsotsi yo facts ar true this is fictitious remember the likes of Mabhaudhi vakambodzigadzirirwa nyaya idzi zvagara zvirimo munyika zveku deformer ma church elders……..LET GOD JUDGE

  41. gandanga June 27, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    With all due respect to Rev Dr Rutoro, I Think his response to the issue lacks diplomacy. The response by Rev Runyowa is a better one. I think the issue was not correctly handled coz looking at the investigating team, it was wrongly constituted how can someone being investigated be part of the investigating team?? If there are forces behind the woman should be called and name and shame those forces behind as Dr Rutoro purports. Then Rev Zvenyika should take those behind to court for criminal defamation. Dr Rutoro seems to purport that if the reverend took someone’s wife its a family issue what about the image of the church. Is adultery allowed in the church? It seems Dr Rutoro is emphasizing the non existence of the pregnancy. There a chance for Rev zvenyika to reclaim his respect by taking the woman to court but it seems he has some skeletons to hide

  42. Musadaro June 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Ko imi veHatcliffe why pretend all is well with your Rev Mashamba well known to be a polygamist. His first officially wedded wife is in the UK with a 15 year old boy. The second was impregnated by him when she was in form 3. How come the church never took any action? Ko inga Dr Mayida, a senior elder and church secretary, was dismissed from Westend Hospital after stealing money from patients. The church condones unbecoming behaviour. Its a pity such ineptitude, discrimination and incompetence on the part of the church can only destroy it. Very soon its going to be an irrelevant church.

  43. Matsotsi June 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Ma Reformer let us pray for our church idzikunurwe. Mwari ngavatibatsire. Vafundisi tendeukai panzira dzenyu idzi, Mutsvage Jehova mwari nokuti kutingwa kunouya.

  44. chapepa July 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Haaa RCZ has now become an organization of thieves,murderers, adulterous who hide behind their fingers,like the Catholic Jesuists . Look in the xuls avo there is corruption and embezzlement of funds and they don’t mind. YaZvenyika ichokwadi ,Madhuku anotozviziva coz vaiba vose mari haiwa hazvirambike izvo. Synod inotonga chii pane mubati wemirairo haaa, hapana apo varikunyadzisa Kereke avo.

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