MWENEZI – Pastor John Mabheja of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) is in the middle of a scandal after a married woman he allegedly impregnated was dumped at his homestead.
The pastor, who resides in Pikinini village under Chief Mawarire and leads the church's Manyuchi congregation, had reportedly been engaged in an adulterous affair with the wife of a fellow villager who could only be identified as Taruvinga, who works in South Africa.
Sources said the woman has since given birth at her parents' homestead in Chivi where she relocated after being dumped at Mabheja's homestead.
The sources said after the affair was discovered, Mabheja was taken to family courts and was ordered to pay Taruvinga R4000 and a further US$90 which Taruvinga used to travel from South Africa when the scandal began to unravel.
In their testimony at the family meeting, both Mabheja and Taruvinga's wife are said to have admitted that they had been seeing each other.
They also allegedly told the family gathering that they had considered carrying out an abortion before the pregnancy had become apparent.
Mabheja is said to have failed to raise the money he was ordered to pay Taruvinga and has since left for South Africa to look for work to raise the money.
Other sources, however, said the pastor was simply too embarrassed to face the public and was in hiding at a relative's homestead in ward 13, Mariot resettlements.local