Via The Chronicles, a family in Binga is on the qui vive for Pastor Bruce Mushayavanhu of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God forward In Faith International (ZAOGA FIFI) Church who disappeared after allegedly impregnating their 19-year-old adopted daughter who is a Form Three pupil.
The family took up the pupil in Manjolo, about 25km from Binga when she was eight-years-old following the death of her parents. She was in the custody of a family member, who is a teacher at a local school.
The teacher said Pastor Mushayavanhu (29) allegedly left Binga on the pretext that he would answer to his case before the church (DARE re Day To Day) in Harare but never returned. She said they have been trying to locate him for the past three months after he disappeared.
The cleric who was on probation, had, however, accepted responsibility after being confronted by the family and reported to the church’s overseer in Binga.
“My mother, who is late now, adopted the pupil when she was eight-years-old and she took her to school. My mother died in 2017, and I took over the responsibility of taking care of the girl, who is literally my sister.
In January this year, Pastor Mushayavanhu was deployed to Binga, and he moved into our family house, which we’ve been renting out to Zaoga Church for years. In April I heard that my sister was pregnant,” said the teacher.
She said she confronted the pastor, and he professed ignorance on the issue but when she interrogated her sister she confirmed that she was pregnant and the pastor was responsible.
The teacher, who is a Roman Catholic, informed the local priest, and they went and report the case to the Zaoga overseer, who is also based in Binga and only identified as Overseer Ndlovu.
“Overseer Ndlovu summoned him and asked him to explain what was going on. He accepted responsibility and promised to take care of my sister and the child. My priest suggested that we seek advice from legal experts, and we approached a magistrate who advised us that Mushayavanhu should write an affidavit and put his acknowledgements and promises on paper.
He agreed and wrote the affidavit on 27 May. He even said he wanted my sister to continue with school and promised to pay her fees,” she said.
She added that Pastor Mushayavanhu later took his clothes and property somewhere else before leaving the house and he never came back.
“We asked Overseer Ndlovu about his whereabouts, and he said the pastor had to go to the church’s headquarters in Harare to answer to his case. He gave us his uncle’s number, but he could not help us locate him,” she said.
Chronicle claims that they received the affidavit written by Pastor Mushayavanhu on May 27, 2019.
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