Pastor locked up as church elder jumps bail, prophet John Simfukwe arrested for duping widow K200,000


TWO sureties, including a pastor, have been detained for signing bail for the defilement-accused Church elder who has since gone into hiding. The pastor signed a K10,000 bail for Alick Simbeye, an elder in his church, who was appearing for trial for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl.

Kitwe Principal Resident Magistrate Chongo Musonda said she had extended the bench warrant of arrest to Pastor John Kapisa and Peter Muleba until the full bail amount was paid.

This is in a matter where Simbeye, 24, is alleged to have defiled the girl in his vehicle as they were returning from worship in the night on July 25, this year.

Simbeye is on the run after the court granted him bail of K10,000 with two sureties at K10,000 each. Pastor Kapisha told the court yesterday that he had not been able to locate Simbeye as the church had exhausted all possible means but failed to find him. The pastor pleaded with the court for more time to find the accused person because he was sure that he was still in Kitwe.

Ms Musonda however said the court has been more than lenient and ordered for their detention. She said the law was clear on bench warrant of arrest, which is extended to the sureties in the event that the accused jumps bail. The magistrate has since adjourned the matter to September 21, 2018.

Meanwhile, Interdenominational Jesus Ministries prophet John Simfukwe has been arrested for allegedly swindling a widow out of K200,000.

This was allegedly after promising her that he would pray for the money so that she could spend it wisely.

Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed the arrest of 41-year-old Simfukwe in an interview yesterday after the victim, Mildred Chikote, reported the matter to the police.

Ms Chikote said her husband, who worked in the Zambia Army, died in 2016 and she was paid K300,000 by Government.

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