The 41-year-old Bishop identified as, Andrew Mnkandla and his 34-year-old brother Lovemore, a pastor at the church, held the victim hostage at his house and raped her on different occasions. They threatened that if she told anyone, the demons they had exorcised from her would return with scores of others to haunt her.
The court heard he went to the teen’s mother with his wife and tried to bribe her so that she convinces her daughter to change her statement in court. Mnkandla had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of rape before a magistrate, Chrispen Mberewere.
The court was shocked when Mnkandla failed to recite four common Bible verses. He drew laughter from the gallery when he said John 3 verse 16 reads:“Let your hearts not be troubled,” but it actually reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
However, the magistrate convicted Mnkandla and sentenced him to 20 years in jail after the teenager revealed that Lovemore raped her at Khami Mountains while Mnkandla raped her at his house.