A BISHOP (49) at the Church Ways of Salvation Apostolic in Bulawayo allegedly rap_ed his daughter for five years, claiming the Holy Spirit instructed him to do so while another man (53) raped, impre_gnated his daughter and forced her to have an ab0rtion.
The two men appeared separately in court last week.
The bishop who works at a Bulawayo lodge, allegedly told the now 19-year-old daughter that she was “extremely beautiful” but he could not marry her as she was his daughter.
A court heard that the man started ra_ping his daughter in 2013 when he saw a text message she had sent to an advisor in the local newspaper after she was se_xually abused by her neighbour.
From then on, the man rap_ed his daughter while promising to buy her a laptop and give her money. He would allegedly make the child spend the night with him in his bed each time he rap_ed her.
The man pleaded guilty to ra_pe charges before Bulawayo regional magistrate Mrs Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze.
The magistrate remanded him in custody to tomorrow for plea recording after he said he wanted to hire a lawyer.
Prosecuting, Mr Robin Mukura said the man started rap_ing his daughter when she was 14.
“The teenager wrote a message on her cellphone to Sis’ Noe (a newspaper columnist) seeking advice on what to do after she was rap_ed by her neighbour whom she took as a brother. The teenager’s father saw the message, asked the girl about it and she confirmed that she had been rap_ed. The man advised his daughter to keep the matter a secret,” he said.
The court heard that in August 2013, when his wife was not at home, the man called the girl into his bedroom. He told her that he did not want to rap_e her but the Holy Spirit had sent him to do so and the child believed him.
“The man assured the girl that he would not impre_gnate her and rap_ed her. After the rap_e, he slept with his daughter the whole night,” Mr Mukura said.
“On another day, the man brought wine and orange panties, asked the girl to join him in his bedroom and rap_ed her again. On a different day, the man rap_ed his daughter and promised to buy her a laptop. He showed her $100 which was in his EcoCash account but never gave her the money.
“The man continued to f0ndle his daughter’s brea_sts, butt0cks and rubbed his private parts against her butt0cks from 2015 till last month.”
In February, this year the teenager told her friend about her problem but asked her to keep the matter a secret.
On Saturday, May 19, she finally opened up to her friend’s mother who reported the man to the police.
In the other case, the 53-year-old man allegedly rap_ed his 15-year-old daughter repeatedly for more than a year before impre_gnating her and forcing her to ab0rt. The girl’s mother died the same year her father started abusing her.
The man from New Magwegwe suburb cannot be named to protect the identity of the girl who is in Form Two at a local school.
The man allegedly rap_ed the teenager between November 2016 and March this year.
She fell pre_gnant last year and her father hired a doctor, only identified as a “Dr Hove,” to terminate the pre_gnancy, before injecting her with depo provera to prevent future pre_gnancy.
Western Commonage magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube heard that the man ra_ped his daughter in 2016 while he was drunk and continued to demand se_x from her until this year in March when she told her uncle about the ordeal.
The man was not asked to plead to ra_pe.
The magistrate remanded him in custody to June 6, advising him to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prosecuting, Mr Arthur Marime said: “Sometime in November 2016, the accused came home drunk and ordered the complainant to share his bed with him, before rap_ing her once.
“He ordered her not to tell anyone. After that the accused continued to se_xually abuse the complainant until she got pregnant last year in May.
“The accused hired a doctor to terminate the pre_gnancy and injected depo provera into the complainant,” he said.
Mr Marime said the man continued to ra_pe his daughter until sometime in March when she went to the rural areas and narrated the ordeal to her uncle.
In December last year, another man from Sizinda suburb allegedly turned his daughter into a se_x slave, rap_ing her five times, at one point during her men_strual period.
In July, a former nurse at Ingutsheni Central Hospital from Barbourfields suburb was sentenced to 30 years in prison for rap_ing his 15-year-old stepdaughter.