MASVINGO - Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) pastor Godfrey Kudita (45) of Matrik Park Harare, this week appeared before Masvingo magistrate Takawira Mugabe facing charges of assaulting Clarkson Farai, a fuel attendant.
The State, led by Edmond Mapope, claimed that one evening in August this year, Kudita arrived at Petromo Exor Masvingo driving his BMW X5 with South African registration numbers for re-fueling.
Kudita asked for diesel worth US$40 and the complainant complied and served him.
The court further heard that after serving Kudita, the complaint went to another fuel pump behind Chicken Inn to attend to other customers.
On his return, the complainant found Kudita still at the same spot and asked him why he was still there.
The accused then asked Farai why he had given him fuel which was less than what he had paid for. A misunderstanding ensued and the accused used a swipe machine to assault the complainant.
The accused then went on to take the complainant's two swipe machines worth $1600 and drove away with them.
The court heard that Kudita, who has been a pastor for more than seven years in Zimbabwe and abroad, later on sent Matthew Nyambiya to return the two swipe machines when he arrived in Chivhu.
A medical report was brought to court as evidence of the assault. The pastor was due for sentencing by the time of writing.local