‘Sexual healing’ pastor up for rape

Pastor Onbert Mapfumo

Pastor Onbert Mapfumo

Sheillah Mapani – Herald reporter
A married woman and mother of four who was allegedly raped by Grace Ministries founder Onbert Mapfumo (39) has said the pastor claimed he wanted to pray and deliver her from evil spirits causing her to have many children.

Mapfumo was arrested after a Tilda Moyo show on Star FM and appeared in court facing rape charges. Testifying during Mapfumo’s trial before Harare Magistrate Mr Hosiah Mujaya on Tuesday, the woman said she sought the help of the pastor because she was experiencing challenges in her life.

“I did not have a birth certificate or a national identity card, so I failed to finish school and it appeared to be some spiritual influence because my parents had also failed to secure my birth certificate during my childhood,’’ said the woman. “I felt the need for spiritual healing to overcome this problem, which has been troubling me for a long time.’

The woman told the court that she witnessed some of the miracles performed by Mapfumo in church, which lured her to be a permanent member and to trust his prayers.

“The pastor delivered my friend, who was HIV-positive and after he prayed for her she tested negative,’’ she said. “He also helped one of the church members to secure a job through his prayers, while she did not have any qualification.

“That persuaded me to fall for his call to pray for me because I thought he was going to offer deliverance.’’ The woman alleged that Mapfumo informed her there was a spirit causing her to be not prosperous and to bear many children and that needed to be prayed against.

He told her to bring some body lotion so that he would pray for it and apply it on her body and on her womb, the court heard. The woman complied and went for the prayers, which Mapfumo allegedly always did without any help from other church members. The court heard that after praying for the lotion, Mapfumo applied it on the woman’s body and indicated that some of it was to be applied on her womb.

“He told me to lie down, applied the lotion on my privates and inserted his manhood intending to use it to apply the lotion in my womb,’’ she said. The woman alleged that Mapfumo demanded a cow after the alleged rape for the sacrifice he had done to deliver her.

The trial will continue on a later date. Mapfumo, of Southlea Park in Harare, is accused of raping three other female congregants at his prayer room in New Canaan, Highfield, Harare.

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  • Tachiona Machaka

    Kutozoda mombe iwe vaita mhosva yakakura kudaro? MaPastor aya???

  • Tendai Chatira

    im perplexed by the rate which these lovely woman of ours keep falling for these stupid tricks by these sex hungry idiots.A normal woman wether in trouble or not haabatwe maparts zvekumhanya lol,,,,,,,,

  • Mwandiambira525

    A sad story involving an illiterate woman. Perhaps someone should help her with the process of obtaining a birth certificate. She can then complete her education and avoid being anointed in the womb by fake prophets.

    • Gamba ReManyika

      You really got to the bottom of the problem. Sei zvichinetsa munhu anotaura Shona kana Ndebele or any other national language kuti apihwe birth certificate muZimbabwe? Pliz government help us. It should be simple having a witness and an affidavit to help this woman out of the challenge of not having a birth certificate, and probably a national ID card. It’s not good to live without an identity. Mukadzi uyu nyaya yake inotorwadza. Zvembwa iyo inonzi mufundisi is just an event in the long course of a painful life for a suffering woman. Mubatsireiwo ndapota hangu!

  • Truthfulness

    So the prophet and the woman agreed kuti He will use his manhood to apply the holy lotion in her womb. So they discussed and agreed on the method to be used, that is inserting the manhood….that was consensual. That woman must repent and tell the truth so that she will be saved. The prophet must also repent for he is clay and straw and very soon he will be required to answer to his maker. Woman zvirinani urambwe hako nemurume asi wataura chokwadi chinoponesa mweya wako. Apa hapana rape apa murimhombwe mese, just repent.

  • Prophet #

    The woman agreed to have a ” ** with lotion inserted into her **”. she is an adult. there was consent. she must pay or negotiate the “healing price:

    • Gamba ReManyika

      Please try to think like a woman who does not have parents or relatives to help her get an identifying document. She probably had 4 children from different men taking advantage of her illiteracy and vulnerability.

  • Tambai Mese Mujairane

    Lock him up..

  • Profmununhema

    Nakirwai nezvimwe baba amai havaroodzwe. Kwamatambira hakuchaiti. Rimwe zuva muchafunga mashoko angu. Ndine vanhu vakati kuti vaitaura sezvamataura pamusoro paIshe wemadzishe vakapedzisira vodemba. To assist you if you heed or wish to, read the book called The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis an Atheist. Mwari havasekwe uye variko. HIV is under the name of Jesus and it can be healed not cured. God does not cure but heals.

    • Madara

      no he doesnt do either because he is a fictional character. i dont understand anything else you said

      • Profmununhema

        I think thats where you have problems. You do not understand. However, one of these days and I am sure the time is near for you to get the understanding. Visitation is on your way.

  • Simba

    Pls investigate why steward bank has not processed any rtgs transferes since 9 May yet accounts have been debited and the money is neither at the recipient nor the sender pls help

  • Cecil Roars

    All these Zimbabwean fake pastors use that technique for healing women. Some women won’t report because they also like the technique.

  • Mbla

    Simba nyorera mwadhi ku RBZ ubatsirwe