A pastor in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Greatness Tapfunma, has been arrested for raping a 16-year-old girl after he purportedly assaulted her sexually, claiming he was casting out demons from her, reports Zimnews..
Tapfuma, the General Overseer and Founder of Kingdom Rulers International Church, has been charged for rape and sexual battery at the Western Commonage Magistrate Court.
The prosecutor, Mufaro Mageza, told the court that in October last year, Tapfuma proposed love to the victim who was a member of his church, but was turned down.
During the same month, Tapfuma invited the girl to his Cowdray Park house and told her of a ‘prophecy’ claiming her family was being attacked by demons and needed cleansing.
He allegedly told the victim that part of the cleansing would involve her sleeping with him.
The girl narrated how the man of God raped her in court:
“He told me that if I did not sleep with him, my father was going to die and I be turned into a Satanist. That day, he locked me in his house and had sex with me three times, claiming he was casting out the evil spirits from me.”
Last year, it was reported that the same pastor was acquitted of rape charges after two members of his church accused him of sexually abusing them.
It was alleged that he raped the women aged 25 and 22 respectively, after inviting them to his house for prayers.