GOODNESS and Mercy Ministries Founder Prophet Tapiwa Freddy has appeared in court facing allegations of raping a 33-year-old Harare woman, Rutendo Makuti.
Makuti is a radio presenter at the State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
Freddy, aged 39, was arrested this Wednesday on allegations of raping Makuti after promising to assist her with the upkeep of her child.
The court heard that in 2020, three months after the death of the complainant’s husband Prophet Freddy proposed love to his would-be victim who turned down the offer due to her traditional beliefs.
The court further heard that sometime in November last year, Freddy visited the complainant’s rural home to see her child.
It is alleged that soon after returning from the complainant’s rural home, Freddy raped her and forced Makuti to consider him as her new husband, threatening to cast spiritual powers over her if she resisted.
It is also alleged that sometime in August this year, Freddy took the complainant to Moja Shopping Centre in Mbare where he physically abused the woman and nearly overran her after an argument.
The accused was remanded out of custody to the 6th of next month for trial.