A shepherd feeds on his flock! This non-biblical philosophy aptly applies to a married pastor with the Reformed Church of Mount Zion in Mapanzure area, Zvishavane, Zimbabwe who is nursing injuries he sustained after a savage attack by villagers who allegedly caught him naked in a bedroom with a church member at his home.
The incident which is still the talk in Mapanzure area occurred on Tuesday last week. Pastor Mutupe learnt the hard way that switching Bible verses with love sonnets is ‘suicidal’ when he sustained serious injuries all over his body after receiving a thorough hiding from an angry mob.
However, the Pastor, speaking to Bmetro, denied that he was caught consummating with the said woman, although he confirmed that he was thoroughly bashed in his own home.
According to sources, Mai Mufundisi Mutupe, the pastor’s wife, who lives in Harare, got wind that her husband allegedly had an affair with a fellow congregant only identified as Mai Tanaka and alerted her brother to keep an eye on him.
“The brother, acting as per instruction by his sister, set an ambush and waited for Mai Tanaka to sneak into the Pastor’s bedroom hut and alerted other villagers who responded passionately to the hut. When the villagers arrived at the homestead, they forced open the door only to catch the two lovebirds looking lovey-dovey and Mai Tanaka immediately took to her heels. A loud noise was coming from Pastor Mutupe’s homestead and as we followed it to see what was happening, we were shocked to find that it was Pastor Mutupe who was lying down bleeding profusely while villagers were taking turns to beat him up,” said the source.
Villagers only left him when they realised that he was lying unconscious. When our news crew visited the ‘two-faced’ man of God, he was visibly in pain and confirmed that villagers gave him a thorough hiding when they suspected him of having sex with a congregant who had come to his homestead for prayers. However, he dismissed the claims that he was naked.
“The villagers misinterpreted the purpose of the visit by Mai Tanaka when they beat me up and I have forgiven them as I realised that they need deliverance. Mai Tanaka came to me because she had a problem that needed to be solved. My fellow worshippers can come anytime for prayers whenever they need and I welcome them with both hands,” said man of God.
Efforts to get a comment from Mai Tanaka were futile as she is said to have fled the village following the incident.