Baptist Church pastor, Simon Maponga, who resides at Baptist Church Gutu Garage, recently appeared before magistrate Edwin Marecha facing charges of assaulting his former employee.

He was charged with contravening Section 89 (1) (a) of The Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 09:23 and was remanded out of custody to 16 April.

It was the State’s case that on January 27 at around 08: 00 hrs, Chiedza Zvidzai went to Maponga’s wife and asked that her salary arrears be cleared.

Maponga then intervened and told Zvidzai that her money would be paid as soon as it became available but Zvidzai would have none of it and she started to shout at Maponga who then responded by grabbing her by the neck and right breast.

Zvidzai was medically examined and the results revealed that she was assaulted.

The mater was reported to the police leading to Maponga’s arrest. tell zim