Living Christ Ministries Pastor based in Kwekwe (central Zimbabwe) was recently arraigned before Kwekwe magistrate court facing rape charges.
The 25-year-old woman (name withheld) allegedly raped by pastor Edwin Sibanda of Living Christ Ministries is battling for her life at Gweru General Hospital, 62 km from Kwekwe, following an attempted suicide.
The Gweru woman is said to had been employed by Pastor Sibanda as a maid. She was admitted to the hospital on 18 December 2012 after she took an overdose of tablets in an attempt to end her life due to the alleged numerous rapes she experienced at the hands of Sibanda.
The state, represented by prosecutor Vimbai Chinoda, alleged that the pastor would enter in the bedroom of the victim taking advantage of the door which did not have a lock and forcibly have sex with her many times that she even lost count.
It is said that in one incident the victim claimed that she was dragged out of her bedroom that she was sharing with two other people and taken to the sitting room where Sibanda allegedly ripped off her panties and raped her.
According to court papers, the maid attempted to commit suicide due to depression and trauma suffered as a result of series of rapes she endured at the hands of Pastor Edwin Sibanda.
Sibanda was released out of custody till January, 25 on USD100 bail. Pastor Edwin Sibanda lives in Redcliff by Kwekwe.