Woman at­tacked, raped dur­ing prayer

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara Sun­day News Cor­re­spon­dent

A WOMAN who was con­duct­ing a morn­ing prayer at a stream in En­tum­bane in Bu­l­awayo was hit with a brick by an uniden­ti­fied man be­fore be­ing dragged to a se­cluded place where she was raped.

The sus­pect is still at large and po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion that may lead to his ar­rest. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at around 6am on Satur­day at a church shrine near Fam­beki stream, be­tween En­tum­bane and Emakhan­deni sub­urbs. Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of rape where an uniden­ti­fied man emerged from be­hind the woman, grabbed her by the neck and dragged her to a se­cluded place about four me­tres away from the church shrine.

“The vic­tim tried to wres­tle the sus­pect, lead­ing to the sus­pect pick­ing up a stone and hit­ting her once on the fore­head and she fell to the ground.

“He then stripped her of her un­der­gar­ments and raped her once with­out pro­tec­tion,” she said.

Af­ter the act, Chief Insp Si­mango said, while the sus­pect was still putting on his trousers, the woman man­aged to es­cape, leav­ing the sus­pect at the scene. She headed to En­tum­bane Po­lice Sta­tion where she made a re­port.

Chief Insp Si­mango warned mem­bers of the pub­lic against hold­ing prayers alone at se­cluded places.

Last month, a self-pro­claimed prophet from Bu­l­awayo al­legedly raped a 19-year-old woman af­ter she had ap­proached him seek­ing treat­ment.

“The self-styled prophet, only iden­ti­fied as Madz­ibaba Jeremiah, is a faith healer who per­forms heal­ing ses­sions at a hill near West­gate. He al­legedly dis­missed the vic­tim’s 42-year-old fa­ther who had es­corted the vic­tim to the shrine for prayers.

Dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion, he then told the vic­tim that her ex-boyfriend had used his sperm and her flu­ids to be­witch her so she should bring fresh sperm for the prob­lem to be re­solved.

“The prophet asked her to pick up a piece of cloth and lured her into a nearby bush where he raped her once.

“He took the used con­dom and put it in a bot­tle with a piece of pa­per with names of the vic­tim and her ex-boyfriend.

“He or­dered her to drink the con­coc­tion when she got home. He made a fi­nal prayer and told her to re­turn home us­ing a dif­fer­ent route from the one she had used when com­ing to the shrine,” po­lice said.

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