POLICE have confirmed the arrest of prominent Chinhoyi-based self-styled Prophet Cherubim for allegedly defrauding a local couple of ZWL$1,2 million.
Cherubim, real name Lucky Chakanyuka, is the founder of International Arena of Miracles.
Allegations are that Chakanyuka has been converting large sums of local currency into foreign currency through a local bank and in turn splashes the money on women.
Confirming his arrest, policr spokesperson Paul Nyathi said the suspect was given a bank card to transact ZWL$100 000 into US dollars by a couple.
The money was meant for the complainant’s bed ridden wife’s treatment. She subsequently died without having been treated as Prophet Cherubim became evasive with the money.
“The ZRP confirms the arrest of a prominent prophet from International Arena of Miracles on 17/09/21, in Chinhoyi, for a case of fraud,” said Nyathi.
“The suspect duped a couple of ZWL$1 200 000 after being given a bank card to transact ZWL$100 000 into US dollars, meant for the complainant’s bed ridden wife’s (now late) treatment.”
Prophet Cherubim also stands accused of luring women into sexual relationships with him in return for anointing.
Early this year, the married prophet came under fire for bedding one of his congregants, and he confessed to the allegations saying he had lapsed momentarily in his faith.
His illicit affair with Jaqueline Mwaredza came amid reports by workers that they were no longer being paid on time.
Prophet Cherubim was also further accused by his congregants of stage-managing donations here in Zimbabwe to receive more money from his Australian wife, who he says is a millionaire.
Prophet Cherubim told local tabloid H-Metro that his affair with Mwaredza had left him with an egg on the face.
“This lady Jaqueline Mwaredza is someone I worked with for some time and I could not admit to my affair with her over the phone which is why I requested to meet you in person,” said Prophet Cherubim.
“She helped us with charity work and I ended up falling in love with her and I later noticed something I cannot mention that forced me to end the affair.
“She left the ministry and received her dues, but bitterness forced her to fight me,” said Prophet Cherubim.
Mwaredza confirmed having unholy prayers with Prophet Cherubim and said their illicit affair led the man of the cloth into hunting for more women.
“It is true that I once had an affair with Prophet Cherubim and I have some n*de photographs to prove that, but it’s now water under the bridge,” said Mwaredza.
“I separated from him as he cast his eyes wider and is now in the arms of another woman, although I am not sure if she is a church member.
“Please do not associate my name with him over his shenanigans,” said Mwaredza. Prophet Cherubim stands accused of spending a lot of money at a clothing shop called Zanox Men owned by one Georgina Duri yet his workers are not getting their dues in time.
“Duri is a family friend. Apart from being a family friend, she is a business partner and I once used her Zanox shop to meet people who wanted to consult me.
“I am her client for suits and I used to refer a number of pastors to Zanox, for suits. “Kana ndisina mari Duri aindipa masuits ndichizobhadhara iyewo akashaya mari yebasa ndaimupa nekuti mudzimai wangu is a millionaire based in Australia and we are legally married.
“I am Cherubim and my wife is Seraphim, hence our foundation is named after Cherubim and Seraphim which help the poor and underprivileged.
“For the ministry workers to suggest that I am spending ministry funds is incorrect since the money is mine and I do not need an outside auditor to account for it.
“It is up to me to continue helping people or to stop and because of such allegations, I have informed all workers to only report for work after receiving a call from me.
“Ministry workers are turning against me over money being sent by my wife and want to tarnish my image and stop that money,” said Prophet Cherubim.
Duri said Prophet Cherubim was a friend and was not dependent on Cherubim’s money.
“I have receipts to prove that he is a Zanox client. My business is doing so well that I do not depend or get assistance from prophet Cherubim.
“He visits my house for business meetings and we sometimes have parties together since he and his wife are my friends and at one time we met in Germany and had fun together while he was with his wife,” said Duri. □