Head of security at United Family International Church (UFIC) Munyaradzi Rukato (37) and two church members Stewart Tongani (34) and Farai Chuma (25) appeared in court facing charges of assault. The three are alleged to have assaulted Mulungisi Sibanda, an auditor with the United Family International Church (UFIC) for exposing an abuse of funds.
Appearing before Harare magistrate Mr. Gideon Ruwetsa, the three pleaded not guilty to assault charges anmd accused Sibanda of being a violent person and an attention seeker. The matter was remanded to 9 May for trial.
According to the state, in September last year, Sibanda allegedly told congregants that some money paid by church members was missing. After a brief argument over his right to address the congregation, the three accused p0eople assaulted Sibanda. No church members came to his rescue and after the assault he reported the matter to the police.