A Bulawayo based Roman Catholic priest did the unthinkable when he bedded a female congregant days before her wedding resulting in the cancellation of matrimonial proceedings.
The matter came to light when Mr McDonald Majaya discovered WhatsApp chats between father Itai Mangenda and his wife to be,Miss Rutendo Mudzingwa (24).
Mr Majaya said Father Mangenda has been sleeping with his girlfriend since February last year.
I discovered that the two were in a relationship since last year and we have been having misunderstandings with my girlfriend over the issue. This is unacceptable, how can a priest who vowed not to marry interfere with my relationship?
I don’t know what to do because right now, I’m really hurt. This is disturbing especially considering that l was putting my all into the relationship and was thinking of paying something (lobola) in April.
The Priest through her brother also tried to bribe Majaya to sweep the matter under the carpet.
“His brother first offered me US$300 and l rejected it. He even increased the offer to $500 but l could not trade my life for that. This is my life for goodness’ sake,” he said.
When Father Mangenda was contacted for comment, he said that Miss Mudzingwa was only a believer she knew. He said:
I know her as a believer and l once went to their home to visit her sick grandmother. The correct position is that l am not dating her, she is just a friend unless if befriending people has become a crime. source Chronicle
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