A Cowdray Park pastor allegedly turned a
congregant, 16, into a sex slave and infected her
with HIV and genital warts while claiming to be
driving out a death demon that wanted to kill her
father.
Greatness Tapfuma, 33, the founder of Kingdom
Rulers International Church was recently
acquitted of raping two other congregants. In
the latest case, it is claimed that his emissaries
attempted to bribe his victim with a house, a car
or cash.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape
yesterday before regional magistrate Chrispen
Mberewere.
Tapfuma was later arrested together with his
three congregants for manhandling a
photographer from The Chronicle who had taken
pictures of him.
In court, Tapfuma’s victim said she decided to
speak out on the abuse after she was treated for
genital warts early this year.
“I used to attend his church with my parents and
one day he told me that my family was haunted by
evil spirits which would kill my father. He called
me to his house and when I got there he proposed
love to me and I turned him down,” said the girl.
“He then approached my father and asked if I
could go to his home for prayers and my father
agreed. I went to his house and he immediately
said my father was going to die within that week
if he didn’t pray for him.”
The girl added: “I started crying and begged him
to pray and save my father from death as a
prophet who could see the spirit. He then said I
was supposed to fall in love with him if I needed
any assistance from him in connection with
blocking my father’s death”.
According to the girl, Tapfuma moved closer to
her after she indicated that she desperately
needed his assistance.
“He then started undressing me as I was crying
over what he had just told me; that my father
could die anytime, that day or even after a week.
He then ordered me to lie facing upwards on the
carpet, opened my legs and raped me. I tried
resisting but he said if I failed to cooperate, my
father would die,” she said.
The court also heard that Tapfuma ordered the
girl to keep the sexual act a secret as divulging
that would provoke the death spirit to kill her
father immediately.
“I returned home and didn’t tell anyone as I
feared for my father’s death and wanted
Tapfuma’s prayers to work. From that day, he
started asking to see me thrice a week and would
rape me all the times. On a certain day in
November, he had sex with me till I started
bleeding and wiped my privates suggesting he
would keep the towel he used.”
The girl said she started noticing some blisters on
her privates and reported the matter to her
mother.
“Again I noticed some blisters on my privates and
we went to the hospital as they got worse in
December. I tested HIV positive. That was when
my mother asked how I got infected and I had to
tell her what had been happening,” said the girl.
“We made a police report and changed churches
and at that time, one of the elders came to me
and tried enticing me. He said the church had
raised thousands of dollars to give me if only I
dropped the rape charges against the pastor. He
said they were ready to give me a house or a car
as long as I dropped the charges but I refused.”
Tapfuma, through his lawyer Bruce Israel
Masamvu from Dube-Tachiona Tsvangirai Law
Firm, told the court that the girl had connived
with her parents and a rival pastor to fabricate
the allegations.
“I’m a pastor who renders deliverance sessions,
casting out demons and extricating victims of
satanism. I’ve a video which shows this girl
confessing that she is a satanist during an all-
night prayer I conducted in my church,” said
Tapfuma.
The Chronicle is in possession of that video.
Mberewere remanded Tapfuma who is on $300 bail
to today when more witnesses are expected to
testify.
Robin Mukura, for the State, said in October last
year Tapfuma called the girl to his home and
raped her in exchange for prayers for her father
who was said to be facing death.
“Again on unknown dates but during October and
November, Tapfuma raped the girl. The matter
came to light when the girl sought medical
attention after she noticed blisters on her
privates,” said Mukura.