‘Prayer war­rior’ steals from church

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Chron­i­cle Reporter

A ZAOGA Church “prayer war­rior” stole sewing ma­chines from his church to boost his busi­ness.

Wit­ness Mutsvunguma (29) of Nketa 9 sub­urb asked a care­taker, Fran­cis Chinyere, to open the church doors for him so he could pray the whole night.

A court heard Mutsvunguma woke the care­taker three hours later, af­ter steal­ing the ma­chines and load­ing them into his car.

He ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with theft.

He pleaded guilty and was re­manded to to­day for sen­tence.

Mutsvunguma runs a shop at Trust House build­ing along 14th Av­enue.

“I did it. I just wanted to boost my busi­ness at my Trust house shop. I wanted to in­crease op­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity,” said Mutsvunguma.

Vis­i­bly an­noyed, Mag­is­trate Dube lashed Mutsvunguma for steal­ing from a place of wor­ship.

Said Mag­is­trate Dube: “You got there pre­tend­ing to be a prayer war­rior, you thief! What kind of a per­son steals from church? Their church.”

Mutsvunguma apol­o­gised to the court and claimed to be a changed man. How­ever, the mag­is­trate cut him at short, say­ing he was only sorry be­cause he had been caught.

“You lie. You are not sorry. You have a shop, you have your ma­chines. But you steal, from a church, where you fel­low­ship. Come back to­mor­row for sen­tence. I want you to go home and re­flect on what you have done,’’ said the mag­is­trate.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Mutsvunguma went to church pre­tend­ing he wanted to hold a prayer ses­sion on Septem­ber 1.

“The ac­cused ap­proached the com­plainant, Mr Fran­cis Chinyere, who is the care­taker of ZAOGA Nketa 9 branch, ask­ing to have a prayer ses­sion. The com­plainant un­locked the doors for him and went back to sleep in his house, leav­ing the ac­cused pray­ing in church,” said the prose­cu­tor.

“The ac­cused then stole a heavy duty over­lock­ing ma­chine and a heavy duty sewing ma­chine, which were in the church. He locked them up in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and took them to his brother’s house in Tsha­bal­ala.”

The court heard Mutsvunguma re­turned to the church, woke Mr Chinyere and in­formed him that he was leav­ing. The care­taker locked the church doors. The mat­ter came to light three days later when Mr Chinyere dis­cov­ered the ma­chines were miss­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to the ar­rest of the “prayer war­rior” and re­cov­ery of the ma­chines, val­ued $600. — @andile_t­shuma

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