Self-styled prophet allegedly rapes cousins under guise of spiritual cleansing

By Yolanda Moyo

A Masvingo-based self-styled prophet has been arrested on allegations of raping two cousins under the guise of spiritual cleansing.

Police in Bulawayo have confirmed the arrest of Hitler Chanda Chaterera (32) of Mushandike village in Masvingo on allegations of rape.

Chaterera allegedly committed the crime sometime in February after he was consulted by the family of a 16-year-old girl and her 26-year old cousin, who were having problems with their menstrual cycle.

It is further alleged that the self-styled prophet asked for a one on one with the duo before raping them on two separate occasions.

“On the 26th of June 2022, the cousin sister escorted the victims to file a report which led to the arrest of the accused person. Victims were referred to the hospital for medical examination. As police, we urge members of the public to be careful with the so-called prophets who some of them pose as a sheep whilst they are after immoral activities. Members should report such cases early and no to sit family courts to cover up such cases,” said Bulawayo police spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube.

Chaterera is expected to appear in court soon.