Zvishavane Pastor Slapped With A USD$10 000 Lawsuit For Impregnanting A Married Congregant


Zvishavane based pastor has been sued for allegedly impregnating a local businessman’s wife. Vidah Sambo, who is the pastor of a little-known pentecostal church in Zvishavane, has been slapped with a $10 000 lawsuit for impregnating Mercy Chirume who is married to prominent local businessman, Nobert Verukai.

Sambo had a lengthy affair with Mercy and eventually impregnated her, court papers read. Sambo began to frequent Mercy’s workplace at Gwavachema Secondary School sometime last year ostensibly for prayer and counselling sessions. It is said the preacher then proposed love to Mercy and the two began to have sexual intercourse frequently- until Mercy became pregnant.


Verukai and Mercy got married in 2009 and the couple has one child. Verukai said she met Mercy when she had just completed her ordinary level studies and obtained two passes. Verukai further pointed out he sent Mercy to school until she completed her teaching course at Mutare Teachers’ College.

Sambo has since denied the allegations saying he only visited Mercy for the purpose of conducting prayer sessions. “Verukai and Mercy had a lot of challenges so I tried to help them out. Actually they were just staying together – in fact they never got married,” Sambo defended himself saying. However Verukai insists the pastor snatched his wife and he is demanding compensation from the preacher.


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