Fake prophet spared jail
27 December 2016
A FAKE prophet has been fined US$50 after he misrepresented that he could cleanse evil spirits and duped US$10 from a Highfield woman.
Ranganai Mupfumi, 42, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Shelly Zvenyika charged with fraud.
He was ordered to pay US$50 fine or spend 15 days in prison.
It is the State’s case that on December 23 and at around 8am, Rose Mudondo was looking for a Form One place for her son at Mbizi High School.
On their way back, back her son requested to visit a prophet to get assistance on his bleeding problem.
They met Mupfumi, who told them that he was a prophet and that her son was going to suffer from a mental illness hence the issue needed to be solved at her house.
They went together to her house in Highfield to conduct some rituals. Mupfumi “picked up a goblin” under the bed and told Mudondo that it needed to be burnt so she had to pay for the job that he had done.
Mudondo had no money to pay him and the ‘prophet’ threatened to leave the goblin at her house.
The court heard that Mudondo borrowed some money and gave Mupfumi US$10 but he insisted that he wanted more money for the job he had done.
Mudondo became suspicious and asked for some help from her neighbours. They then realised that Mupfumi was a fake prophet and that he was the one who planted the goblin under the bed.
A report was filed with police leading to the arrest of Mupfumi.
The total value defrauded is US$10 and nothing was recovered.
Hilda Huni Munaku appeared for the State.
The goblin was produced in court as evidence.