Fake prophet spared jail
11 January 2017
A 23-year-old fake prophet has been slapped with 245 hours of community service after he misrepresented that he could cleanse evil spirits and duped a Waterfalls woman.
Blessmore Makaki pleaded guilty when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Kudzai Zihove.
Initially he was sentenced to 12 months in prison before four months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
One month was suspended on condition that he restitutes Jennifer Mugwagwa US$105.
The remaining seven months were set aside on condition he performs 245 hours of community service.
It is the State’s case that on December 22 last year, at around 1 pm, Makaki approached Mugwagwa at her house in Waterfalls and told her he was a prophet.
Mugwagwa was persuaded by Makaki and she told him of her brother’s sickness.
Makati told her to pay US$15 cash for the cleansing ceremony and she complied.
On December 23, Makaki visited Mugwagwa and told her she had to pay US$40 so that he could remove a goblin which he said was in the wardrobe.
After he removed the goblin he told Mugwagwa that she had to fund him so that he can surrender it in Chipinge.
On December 24 last year Makaki came again to Mugwagwa’s house and told her he was coming from Chipinge, he demanded another US$50 which he was given.
Mugwagwa later realised that Makaki lied to her that he had gone to Chipinge.
A report was made at the police leading to Makaki’s arrest.
The total value which was prejudiced is US$105 and nothing was recovered.