‘Prayer war­rior’jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A ZAOGA church “prayer war­rior” who stole sewing machines from his church to boost his busi­ness has been sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment.

Wit­ness Mutsvunguma (29) of Nketa 9 sub­urb pleaded guilty to theft be­fore Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube.

Mag­is­trate Dube be­moaned the man­ner in which the name of God is be­ing used in vain.

She said: “This court will make an ex­am­ple of you. Thieves mas­querad­ing as de­vout Chris­tians will not be tol­er­ated. You are there­fore sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment.

“Three months will be sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour for the next five years. You will serve an ef­fec­tive six months jail term, said Ms Dube.”

Mutsvunguma, who runs a shop at Trust House build­ing along 14th Av­enue, stunned the court on Wed­nes­day when he said he stole a heavy duty sewing ma­chine and a heavy duty over-lock­ing ma­chine from the church to boost his busi­ness.

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

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

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 at 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 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 and woke the com­plainant, in­form­ing him that he was leav­ing. The care­taker locked the church doors.

The mat­ter came to light three days later when Mr Chinyere dis­cov­ered the of­fence. He re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

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

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