A Zimbabwean pastor has been indicted in attempted murder charges.
A local assassin has confessed in court that a Pastor and the General Overseer of Gospel of the Kingdom Ministries in Chitungwiza, Harare, Zimbabwe, paid him to kill some of his church members because they knew his nefarious activities and were spreading rumours about him, reports MyZimbabwe.
The suspect, Talent Nyakunengwa, narrated in court the pastor, Thomas Makoni of Waterfalls, Harare, hired him to kill members from his church, accusing them of spreading falsehoods. Nyakunengwa added that he and Makoni were best friends and at times, they would commit robberies together.
“I know Makoni as my friend since 2002 and in June, he came to my house with Godfrey Sithole around midnight.
He gave me a task to kill and bomb his church members who had caused chaos in his church. He would visit me daily saying I was delaying, instructing me to kill Kudakwashe Elliot and Abraham Kabodo by assaulting them and leaving them for dead.
He wanted them to die a painful death. Makoni said he wanted them dead because they were causing chaos by telling people of his misdemeanors. He said Elliot was telling people who had been involved in an accident that it was due to his juju.
Makoni also instructed me to kill Mrs Chinhamo (Afra Nhanhanga) for financing Kudakwashe and Abraham so that they would withdraw from their church."
Nyakunengwa continued that he was supposed to deal with a person only identified as Wiseman who had been assisted by Mrs Chinhamo to open a church next to that of Makoni and he was supposed to collect a Mazda Demio and the sum of $100 per head.
“Makoni knew that I was a person of violent disposition and we grew up together committing robberies.”
However, the pastor has denied the two counts of incitement to commit murder before Chitungwiza resident magistrate Mrs Renika Dzikiti and was remanded to January 7 next year for judgement.