A POPULAR Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Harare pastor, Oliver Makomo stationed at Springvale Ruwa Assembly was Thursday dragged to court on allegations of raping his 22 year old congregant on five different occasions.
Makomo, who could not raise his head to face his followers while in the dock, appeared before magistrate, Tendai Mahwe.
This was after he arrived at the courts masked with a rug. His followers desperately tried to block the press from photographing him.
He was released on $100 bail with reporting conditions and was remanded to September 28.
Makomo was charged with four rape counts and of indecent assault.
According to prosecutors, the victim, who resides in Hatcliff, was Makomo’s congregant since 2012.
It is alleged that sometime in 2012, Makomo approached the girl who was then working at some supermarket as a till operator and asked for her phone number.
With time, the complainant, who had nose bleeding problems, called Makomo seeking divine intervention. Makomo is alleged to have invited her to his office sometime in 2013 and prayed for her.
According to prosecutors, Makomo allegedly closed the door after the prayer.
He then went on to fondle, kiss the girl before inserting his fingers in her private parts reassuring her that she was going to be well. The girl left and did not tell anyone of the sexual attack because of the trust she had in her pastor. She also did not disclose the abuse because her parents were close to Makomo.
The State further alleges that Makomo called the girl again to his house during the same year.
She found the pastor and his family at home with some visitors. Prosecutors allege that he then left with the visitors but told the complainant not to leave in his absence or never to come back again if she did not comply.
The girl complied and slept over but during the night, Makomo allegedly sneaked into the spare bedroom where she was sleeping and raped her once and the girl left the following morning.
In 2014, Makomo’s maid invited the complainant to the pastor’s home. It is alleged that Makomo again sneaked into the spare bedroom during the night and raped her once without protection. She again did not tell anyone.
According to the State, on December 23, the same year, Makomo allegedly called the girl to his place of residence while he was alone. He gave her keys to the house and ordered her to get inside. He then allegedly followed her and raped her once without using protection.