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A pastor has been totally embarrassed and disgraced before congregation members on Sunday after he was brought before the church leadership for sexually abusing a church member and impregnating her.
According to H-Metro, Pastor Joseph of Holy Fire Ministries in Waterfalls was hauled into the storm after one of the members he allegedly had se x with noticed that her belly was swelling and itching even though pregnancy tests proved she was not expecting.
After the discovery however, efforts to get in touch with the pastor has proved futile.
So on Sunday, Pastor Joseph was said to have spotted the victim in the midst of his sermon and pretended to be tired to avoid meeting his lover.
He was however taken to the meeting after the latter threatened to expose the affair to church members.
“My tummy is just swelling and I am in pain. I suspect Pastor Joseph could have bewitched me after he forced me to have unprotected se x with him,” said the victim.
“Pastor Joseph asked me to see him after church service sometime in April for prayers but the prayers could not be conducted as he asked for se xual favours.
“Since he is single, I gave in after he promised to marry me and buy a car for me and from that time he
accommodated me over night.
“He refused to use protection claiming that he is a holy man that cannot live with HIV but now I feel cheated, abused and dumped because he is no longer
answering my calls from the day I told him about the pregnancy.
“Results from the pregnancy tests are negative and the doctor instructed me to go for a scan and Pastor Joseph promised to meet the costs but is now playing hide and seek.
“What I want from Pastor Joseph is for him to explain and give me assurances that he never used charms to me.
“I also want him to explain why he is blocking my calls after I told him about my condition.
“He defiled the room where prayers are conducted because this is where he forced me to have sexual intercourse with him leaving me with more questions than answers on the reason for using that prayer room instead of other bedrooms at the house,” said the victim.
The victim also disclosed to elders that one of the pastors Hazvinei Muchefa was aware of how Pastor Joseph abused young ladies.
Efforts to contact Muchefa were fruitless by the time of going to print.
However, Pastor Joseph confirmed his affair with the woman saying he wanted a closed door meeting with elders for a way forward.
“She (victim) is my girlfriend, I know her and she is beautiful for sure but as for not taking her calls, it was because I was busy,” said Pastor Joseph.
“At one time my handset was taken by people who are investigating a certain story concerning me that I cannot disclose to you.
“As for more information concerning what she is claiming, I think it is better for me to meet the elders privately for a way forward and that’s what I can say for now,” said Pastor Joseph.
Church elder Chepa told H-Metro that church leadership is taking the allegations seriously since the leader is not a Zimbabwean.
“Church elders are going to meet for way forward since Pastor Joseph confirmed the incident although he was not keen to meet us over the story,” said Elder Chepa.
“The woman (victim) approached me with such allegations and I could not believe that our pastor was defiling the place of worship by
conducting such evil acts and our concern is to find the number of ladies he abused,” said Elder Chepa.