Mathias Mhere stole the thunder at the fifth edition of the Open Heavens Gospel Crusade held at Harare Gardens on Saturday (photo: M Chibaya).

Mathias Mhere stole the thunder at the fifth edition of the Open Heavens Gospel Crusade held at Harare Gardens on Saturday (photo: M Chibaya).

Gospel singer Matthias Mhere is reportedly refusing to pay back $30 he borrowed from a female Midlands State University student that he gave a lift to Harare. The artiste allegedly opted to send love messages on WhatsApp to the student instead.

Mhere of the Favour NaMwari fame allegedly borrowed the money to buy a second hand tyre after their car had a tyre burst near Norton while on their way to Harare.

Miss Mitchelle Jowa, a psychology student, is now alleging that Mhere was sending her love messages addressing her as “babe” instead of discussing how he intended paying her back her money. She alleged that Mhere would call her on her mobile phone telling her to “forget” about her money, if she continues to spurn him.

This reporter saw some of the Whatsapp messages, which Mhere allegedly sent to Miss Jowa.

“How are u Mitchelle this morning, takasvika na 11pm babe,” read one of the messages.

In an interview yesterday, Miss Jowa said she was disappointed by Mhere’s unbecoming behaviour. Miss Jowa, who said she was a fan of Mhere’s music, said she did not expect a popular figure like him who was a renowned gospel singer, to behave in that manner.

“I got into Mhere’s car after hiking in Gweru. I was on my way to Harare sometime in September. I only got to know of who he was when their car developed a tyre puncture as we were approaching Norton town,” said Miss Jowa.

She said Mhere, who was travelling with his friend and fellow band member, Elliot Mugadza, borrowed $30 from her, claiming they wanted to fix the tyre. “I reluctantly gave them my $30 on the understanding that he (Mhere) was a popular gospel singer. They had also promised to send my money through EcoCash,” she said.

Miss Jowa said instead of receiving an EcoCash message on her phone from Mhere, she started receiving love messages from the gospel singer. “I told Mhere that I needed my money back since I wanted to use it as bus fare to Gweru. He later became hostile after I indicated that I was not interested in dating him. He is no longer responding to my calls,” said Miss Jowa.

Miss Jowa said the last time she communicated with Mhere was when he indicated that he was not prepared to pay back her $30. “I then called his friend, Mugadza, but nothing has materialised up to now,” she said.

Mhere declined to comment when he was contacted. He referred this reporter to Mugadza

Mugadza confirmed that they owed Miss Jowa $30. He said they were going to pay her today.

“I know we got her money. She lent Mhere the money when we had a tyre puncture. We have been communicating with her and we told her that we will give her the money on Friday (today). She is our friend and to say Mhere or myself proposed love to her is a big lie,” he said.

Mhere who shot to fame with his hit Favour NaMwari, launched his second album, Nguva YeNyasha in Harare on Monday.

The new album launch was graced by several Government officials and National Assembly members, who included Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Engineer Walter Mzembi, Buhera South legislator, Cde Joseph Chinotimba and Kuwadzana East Member of the National Assembly, Mr Nelson Chamisa.

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