Trial date set for Gweru Prophetess accused of molesting female Congregant

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STAFF WRITER

GWERU -A local based prophetess, who is facing allegations of sexually molesting a female member of her church, was further remanded to September 28 for com-
mencement of trial in a regional court.

Juliet Masakanire popularly known as Prophetess Julie, appeared in court this week before Gweru magistrate, Zinyemba.
She was remanded out of custody to September 28, following an application made by the State for the matter to go on trial in a Regional court.

The 29-year-old prophetess, who is the founder and pastor of Pray Deliverance and Testimony Ministries International, is facing a charge of aggravated indecent as-
sault, thereby contravening section 66(1) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:3.

The State is alleging that the 32 year old complainant was offered accommodation by Prophetess Julie in January this year.
On an unknown date, during the month of February, Prophetess Julie gave the complainant a prophecy that she was going to get married to a man by the name Stanley Chinyonga.

From the day of the prophecy, the accused person (Prophetess Julie) started to speak to the complainant with a male voice saying,
“l want to marry you”.

The court heard that Prophetess Julie allegedly overpowered the victim and started kissing her. She then went on top of the complainant and inserted her fingers
into the complainant’s private parts on four different occasions.

The prophetess is alleged to have performed the same act on four different occasions and threatened that if she spilled the beans to anyone about the abuse, the complainant will never meet her future husband.

On March 22, the complainant informed her church mate Ophelia Martha Nhari about the incident and the church elders eventually were alerted of the issue, leading to the arrest of Prophetess Julie on
June 28.

Prophetess Julie is being represented by a Harare based lawyer.

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