CHIVHU - A popular self-styled prophet from Zuvarashe Apostolic Church in Zimbabwe, Brighton Dzambi (50) of Shadaya village under Chief Neshangwe, last week appeared before magistrate Winfilda Tiyatara facing allegations of raping a 40-year-old woman.
Dzambi was not asked to plead before the court but was placed on remand with the State alleging that sometime in March but on an unknown date, the complainant and her sister approached the self-proclaimed prophet who informed them that they were haunted by evil spirits and they needed to be cleansed.
The two sisters kept on visiting the prophet until April 27 at around 20:00 hrs when Dzambi ordered the complainant to a secluded place near his homestead where he removed his clothes. Dzambi then allegedly told the complainant to also remove her clothes and she obliged.
He allegedly ordered the woman to lie on the ground facing upwards and raped her once claiming that it was part of the cleansing process.
After the alleged rape, Dzambi allegedly inserted his fingers into the complainant's genitals where he purportedly removed an egg shaped stone and beads which he said were the cause for her anguish.
The woman, who stays in Dzivarasekwa 4, Harare, revealed the rape on June 6 2017 to her younger sister.
On June 13, the two women went to make a police report at Sadza Police Station leading to the arrest of Dzambi.local