Prophet Sentenced To Four Months For Robbery In Buhera
James Muringisi, a 42-year-old prophet of Zviratidzo Zvevapositori Apostolic Church in Buhera, has been sentenced to four months in jail by Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira for robbery. The incident took place on November 6, 2023, at Zivhu Business Centre around 5 pm.
According to the State’s case, Muringisi, who hails from Zvomuya Village in Chief Nyashanu’s area in Buhera, approached Jealous Tsamwai (55) of Makanyisa Village. Tsamwai was driving his donkeys home when Muringisi confronted him, demanding Police and Veterinary Department clearance papers.
When Tsamwai failed to produce the required clearances, Muringisi handcuffed him and insisted on a US$2 bribe, which Tsamwai provided. The situation escalated as Muringisi then took Tsamwai behind some shops, assaulting him with a knobkerrie multiple times on the thighs and under his feet.
Following the assault, Muringisi demanded a further US$260, which Tsamwai handed over along with an Itel mobile phone. The court, presided over by Magistrate Gwezhira, ordered Muringisi to restitute the stolen US$260 to Tsamwai as a condition to suspend one month from his four-month sentence.
This incident highlights the criminal actions of an individual who, despite being a religious figure, engaged in violent and unlawful behavior. The sentence serves as a legal consequence for the prophet’s actions, emphasizing the importance of accountability regardless of one’s position in the community.