A self-proclaimed prophet, who boasts of using his manhood as a tool of trade, was arrested after he allegedly raped a woman whom he said was cursed and had goblins in her body. Blessing Machowa was arrested after he reportedly raped a church congregant whom he said had goblins in her stomach and could only be removed through the use of his manhood.
The 29-year old appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with rape. He was remanded in custody and was advised to approach the High court for bail application. He was not asked to plead and will appear back in court on August 2 for trial commencement. Circumstances leading to the prophet being taken to court are that sometime in June this year at around 3.30pm, he called the complainant to visit him at his shrine.
It is alleged that he instructed the complainant to bring red pepper, blue pen, razor blade, needle and a plain paper which he said he wanted to use to cleanse the evil spirits that were in her. The state represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa heard it that Machowa told the complainant that he had seen some goblins inside her stomach which were put by her brother. It is said he told the complainant that he wanted to use his manhood to remove the goblin which was causing all the curses in her life.
The court heard that the complainant refused since she was still a vi_rgin. It is alleged that the Machowa forcibly grabbed the complainant who was kneeling and pushed her to the ground. As she was on the ground the accused forced himself on the young woman and raped her once. It is alleged that after the act the prophet went on to threaten the young woman telling her that the goblins would kill her if she disclosed to the ordeal to anyone.
The complainant skipped her menstrual cycle and informed the prophet who told her that it was only foam and that it would cause her stomach to grow bigger and not to worry since it was not pregnancy. The court heard that the young woman went to stay with her sister who later discovered that she was pregnant. She was asked by her sister and other church members who was responsible but she could not open up due to fear of the prophet’s threat.
The matter only came to light after a a long time of persuasion by her sister and some church members. It is alleged that the sister counselled her and told her that nothing would happen to her before making a police report at ZRP Braeside leading to the arrest of the prophet.