Zvikomborero Parafini 

THE Congolese pastor, Charles Matondo, who was in trouble in a US$120 000 kidnapping plot, is now off the hook after the complainant made a U-turn and said he was never kidnapped.

In an affidavit, which was tendered before magistrate Dennis Mangosi on Friday, the complainant, Chen Song, said he was never detained for ransom by Matondo and his alleged accomplices.

He told the court that, instead, it was just a ‘financial dispute’ between him and his Chinese counterparts in Zimbabwe, in which they engaged Matondo to mediate.

He said the Chinese Embassy in Harare also intervened in settling the dispute.

Matondo appeared in court together with self-styled prophetess Primrose Miga of Christ Faith Ministries, Guo Zairen, 34, Wango Gao, 40, Tonderai Naison Kaja, 34, Charles Notice, 34, Christopher Chirombe, 34, O’brien Miti, 31, Simbarashe Kumba, 24, Carlington Conselia, 28 and Oswell Tinotenda Tsikai.

They all had their charges withdrawn before the plea.

The couple and their accomplices were accused of kidnapping Chen Song and demanding US$120 000 as ransom.

Thomas Chinakira appeared for the State.

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