AN APOSTOLIC Faith Mission pastor, who grabbed headlines for se_xually attacking a 22-year-old female congregant, yesterday appeared in court charged with five se_xual offences.
Pastor Oliver Makomo, who was leading Springvale sect in Ruwa, appeared at the Harare magistrates’ court facing three counts of rape, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault.
The 49-year-old clergyman, who was being represented by lawyer Nickel Mushangwe, was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe who remanded him out of custody to September 8 on US$100 bail.
The 22-year-old, whose name has been withheld, was a congregant at Springvale sect since 2012 whilst Pastor Makomo started heading his sect in 2010, according to the State.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that sometime in 2012 Pastor Makomo visited the woman at her workplace- TM Supermarket in Ruwa.
Reports are that pastor Makomo asked for her phone number, which she gave him before they started communicating.
In 2013 Pastor Makomo, in one of the conversations he had with the woman, allegedly asked her whether she was still virgin.
The State also alleges that sometime in 2013 the woman called Pastor Makomo with intention to ‘book’ for an appointment since she was having a nose bleeding problem.
Pastor Makomo is said to have invited the congregant to his church office located at No.2 Gallowway Estate in Ruwa where he prayed for her.
Accusations are that Pastor Makomo quickly went to lock the door soon after praying for the woman whilst she was still in his office.
Further allegations are that the man of cloth went on to hug, kiss and inserted his fingers into his female congregant’s privates.
The 49-year-old clergyman is alleged to have repeatedly told the woman that ‘all was going to be fine’ before she left his office.
Prosecutor Mutizirwa alleges that the woman did not disclose the se_xual attack to anyone considering the trust she had in him and the relationship that existed between him and her parents.
Sometime in 2013, Pastor Makomo is said to have invited his female congregant to his house where she found him with his maid, some visitors and his wife.
Reports are that the woman slept at Pastor Makomo’s house after he told her that she was not supposed to visit his house again in the event that she left before his return.
This was after he had seen off his visitors.
Accusations are that Pastor Makomo sneaked into the spare-bedroom where the woman was sleeping, spat an unknown liquid substance into her mouth.
Pastor Makomo allegedly forcibly removed the woman’s undergarment and raped her.
The woman did not reveal the se_xual abuse to anyone and left her pastor’s house at around 11am.
Prosecutor Mutizirwa also alleges that Pastor Makomo raped the 22-year-old sometime in 2014 on the day his wife had gone to South Africa.
On the day in question, the woman went to her pastor’s house after she was invited by his maid only identified as Linda whom she had befriended.
It was on the night of the same day that pastor Makomo followed the woman into the spare bedroom where he had allegedly raped her on the first day she put up at his house.
Accusations are that Pastor Makomo found the woman standing when he entered into the room.
He is alleged to have forced the woman to undress before raping her.
The court heard that the woman did not reveal the se_xual abuse since she believed that she was ‘under the control’ of her pastor.
On December 23 2014 Pastor Makomo is alleged to have called his female congregant and invited her to his house on the pretext that he wanted her to meet someone who wanted to deliver some meat.
The woman is said to have complied and went to Pastor Makomo’s house.
Reports are that the woman waited for about 15 minutes before pastor Makomo arrived and handed her some keys for her to unlock the doors at his house.
The State alleges that Pastor Makomo instructed the woman to enter into a spare bedroom where he followed her.
Accusations are that Pastor Makomo kissed and raped the woman before ordering her to leave his house.
The woman reportedly revealed the se_xual attack to her boyfriend on August 22 last year.
Her boyfriend is said to have visited Pastor Makomo at his church offices where he expressed his disappointment over the se_xual abuse.
Pastor Makomo reportedly told the woman’s boyfriend that it was the work of the devil and asked for forgiveness.
The woman’s boyfriend is said to have gone to tell his lover what the pastor had said.