The married maid who had illicit affair with the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) Reverend Menard Zvenyika who committed suicide over a week ago at Pamushana Mission in Bikita says she blew the whistle on their relationship when the reverend broke his promises.

Rosemary Nyamukachi furnished a Masvingo magistrate with evidence of money deposited into her account by Zvenyika to coerce her to conceal the illicit affair and to get her to agree to terminate two pregnancies. The evidence included bank deposit slips of US$700, although she said the reverend had promised to pay her US$3,000. Zvenyika is also reported to have started building a house for Nyamukachi at her Bikita home to buy her silence over the relationship.

Nyamukachi said she decided to expose him after he renegaded on his promise. In an affidavit deposed with the police on April 23 2013, Nyamukachi claimed that she started the sexual relationship with Zvenyika around December 2007.

"I got pregnant in 2010 and 2011 and when I told him he replied that he risked being fired by the church if this was to be known. One day he brought me some liquid in a bottle and ordered me to drink it. I drank the liquid and it was then that he told me that it was a concoction meant to induce abortion," Nyamukachi said.

Zvenyika was suspended by the Church's Moderature after being found guilty of adultery with a married woman, Nyamukachi, whose husband; Chezhira Mukobvu had slapped the reverend with a US$10,000 lawsuit.

Zvenyika had been ordered by the church leadership to vacate his Pamushana church accommodation within three days after the pronouncement of the suspension in Masvingo, a day before he took his life.

A Masvingo Magistrate Court was due to deliver judgement on the US$10,000 adultery lawsuit on the day he took his life. But informed sources said Zvenyika had been warned by his lawyers that his chances of succeeding in the matter were slim.

"He was very stressed following the suspension. He was ashamed to be suspended and thrown out of the church property. On the other hand, his wife was angry about his behaviour that would result in financial difficulties and bring shame to the family," a source close to the developments said.

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