A Gweru-based “prophetess”, Juliet Masakanire, who is facing aggravated indecent assault charges, was recently granted ZWL$1 000 bail by Gweru magistrate Progress Murandu.
The 29-year-old founder and leader of Pray Deliverance and Testimony Ministries International is alleged to have s_xually molested a 32-year-old female member of her church.
The prophetess allegedly offered temporary accommodation to a female member of the Pray Deliverance and Testimony Ministries International church some time in January this year. The two would share the same bed each night.
In the same month, Masakanire allegedly told the complainant that she was going to get married to a husband by the name of Stanley Chinyonga.
On an unknown date during the month of February, Masakanire allegedly woke up during the night and introduced herself as Stanley Chinyonga and started kissing, caressing and fingering the complainant.
She allegedly overpowered the complainant and warned her of dire consequences if she did not submit. The abuse happened on four different occasions.
On 28 June, the complainant finally informed a church mate of her ordeal at the hands of the prophetess and the matter was reported to the police leading to Masakanire’s arrest.