MASVINGO - A Zaoga Foward in Faith church elder from Pangolin on Monday pleaded with magistrate Peter Madiba to help her to pray for the weather to change from cloudy to sunny so that her freezits business could boom and enable her to raise money to pay her fine.
Jane Murumbi (49) of Number 2238/5 Shungu St, Pangolin, had been slapped with seven days in jail or US$30 fine for assaulting one Mildred Tigere (34).
The fine was broken down into US$20 for the offence and US$10 for wasting the court's time denying the charge.
Murumbi, who is in the business of selling freezits, pleaded with the court to give her more time to find the money, saying she had already lost the day's business since the weather was cloudy and, as a result, bad for her business.
"If you want me to get money to pay the fine by Friday, I plead with you to help me pray for a change in weather," she pleaded, but the court would have none of it, ordering her to pay the fine by the given date, February 2, or face prison and risk her church position.
Edmond Mapope represented the State.local