Clayton Nkala a 26-year-old soldier in the Zimbabwe National Army was sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping an 8-year-old congregant. Nkala is a self-proclaimed prophet. Bulawayo Regional Magistrate Mr Chrispen Mberewere sentenced Nkala to 15 years in jail although he suspended 5 years for good behaviour.
Nkala was convicted of the rape despite a spirited attempt to defend himself. The court was told that Nkala raped her in a nearby bush when she was picking tins. The mother discovered the abuse after seeing blood stains on the girl’s panties. When she sought help from a church elder and Nkala:
The church elder suggested that we report the matter to the police. Nkala refused to come with us. Instead, he instructed the elder to wipe off some blood from my child’s privates and give it to him so that he could pray over it. He said this would assist in catching the culprit
The girl was initially reluctant to name her attacker and only described the clothes he was wearing. She, later on, revealed that it was Nkala after a week.