A 39-year-old cleric for Harare based His Grace Ministries, Onbert Mapfumo, has been jailed 28 years for rape.

Mapfumo made headlines when he admitted to rape in a live radio programme.

After his conviction by Harare magistrate, Hoseah Mujaya, Mapfumo will for the next 22 years rue the day he swayed from the alter and opted to take advantage of one of his flock by raping her twice.

Mapfumo was initially jailed for 28 years on both counts of rape before Mr Mujaya suspended six years on condition he does not commit a similar offence.

Mr Mujaya also jailed a 48-year-old Harare man, Maushe Musoseri for 18 years for raping a 7-year-old girl in Mbare on the 30th of April, 2017.

Musoseri was facing two counts of rapping two minor children in a ZESA metre room at block 14B, Matapi fats before giving them a dollar each and warning them against disclosing the incident to anyone.

State Prosecutor George Manonokore however successfully proved one count of rape.

Musoseri will spend the next 15 years in jail after initially being jailed for 18 years before the suspension of 3 years.

Meanwhile, former war veterans chairman, Jabulani Sibanda has been removed from remand by Harare magistrate, Ms Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa on the matter in which he was facing charges of insulting the President in 2015.

The magistrate instructed the state to proceed by way of summons when its house is in order. state media