False prophets sentenced
16 December 2016
THREE men who masqueraded as prophets and duped a man of US$20 after they misrepresented that they can cleanse him from evil spirits were yesterday slapped with 350 hours of community service by Mbare magistrate Stanford Mambanje.
Laston Mubaiwa, 24, Bernard Mutamburi, 26, and Tatenda Mukwenha, 20, were convicted on their own plea to fraud charges.
They were ordered to perform 350 hours of community service at St Mary’s clinic.
It is the State’s case that on December 6 the trio met Rueben Nzou at Southlea Park and told him they were prophets.
Nzou was lured by how the men represented themselves and he invited the trio to his house in Stoneridge in a bid to cleanse him from evil spirits.
When they arrived they told Nzou to pay US$20 before the cleansing ceremony and he complied with their request.
After getting into his house, they told him they wanted to remove a goblin which was inside his room.
When they got inside the room Mubaiwa dropped an idol into Nzou’s wardrobe and he noticed it for he was following behind them.
A misunderstanding ensued since Nzou had realized that the trio had misrepresented to him that they were prophets.
Mubaiwa ran away from the scene, Mutamburi and Mukwenha were apprehended by Nzou’s neighbours and they filed a police report.
Mubaiwa was arrested at his house and the US$20 was recovered.
The idol was presented in court as evidence.
Hilda Huni Munaku represented the State.