Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Top apostolic sect leader Madzibaba Spenlodge Madenyika was yesterday hauled to court charged with rape.
Appearing before Harare provincial magistrate Learnmore Mapiye, Madenyika was not asked to plead and was released on free bail.
He was will be back in court on October 23 for trial.
Allegations are that on August 27, Madenyika called the complainant who is 27 years old and asked to meet her at a service station in Southerton so that he could give her some money.
At around 1945hrs, Madenyika allegedly picked up the complainant so that he could give her the money without anybody seeing it.
The court heard that Madenyika drove along Harare Drive and parked near Willow Road with the complainant seated at the back.
It is further alleged that Madenyika went to the car’s back seat and began molesting the complainant before he raped her and ordered her not to tell anyone as he was going to publish the matter in newspapers.
After the incident, Madenyika allegedly drove away from the scene and later dropped the complainant who dropped her panties in the car before she went to her friend’s house who accompanied her to their pastor’s house who in turn discussed the issue with complainant’s husband.
Linda Gadzikwa appeared for the State while Charles Chikore appeared on behalf of Madenyika.