By Flavior Kanungo
POLICE in Mansa have charged and arrested Bishop John Mwelwa aged 37 of Healing Cross Ministries Church for two offences of Rape Contrary to Section 132 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 and Defilement Contrary to Section 138 Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga says brief facts of the alleged rape case are that the victim aged 17 had persistent abdominal pains and her parents took her to Bishop John Mwelwa who prophesied that she had cotton in her abdomen and the bishop gave her an appointment to see him on September18, 2022 around 10:00 hours.
Mr. Hamoonga says when the parents took her there, the Bishop demanded that the victim should go alone with him so that he can go and remove the cotton.
He says on September 19, 2022 around 13:00 hours the victim went to the Bishop who asked her to get on his vehicle and he took her to a named lodge where the bishop is accused of having raped her when he inserted his manhood in her private part as a way of removing the cotton from the abdomen which the Bishop had earlier prophesied. She sustained painful private part and abdominal pains.
On the defilement case, the Bishop is said to have been approached by a parent of a female juvenile aged 15 who had a condition of having milk coming out of her breast on an unknown date on a Sunday in March, 2022 at Healing Cross Ministries Church.
The Bishop requested the victim to go the following day where he told her that she had cotton wool in her stomach which needed to be removed. He later gave her anointing oil to drink.
The Bishop then drove to a named lodge where he booked a room and applied anointing oil on her private parts and breast whilst purportedly removing the cotton. He informed the victim that the cotton was still inside and asked her if she could go and have it removed within fifteen minutes by way of having canal knowledge with her boyfriend if she had one.
The victim responded that she didn’t have a boyfriend and that is how he defiled the Juvenile purporting that he was removing the remaining cotton and the Bishop is detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.
And Mr. Hamoonga has warned persons posing as men of God with a sole purpose of preying on their congregants or persons seeking spiritual help that they will be arrested and prosecuted in the courts of law.