HARARE-based self-styled youthful prophet Madzibaba Bond has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted a congregant before opening fire on his 46-year-old rural neighbour whom he accused him of stealing his goats.
Police have confirmed the assault and gunfire incidents which happened in Chidzvururwi Village in Chief Musikavanhu’s area in Manicaland Province.
Some villagers and members of the apostolic sect who were present say they are still shocked after the self-proclaimed prophet, Bond Junior Gumira Machiya (28), turned violent.
Madzibaba Bond hails from Harare, but regularly visists his rural home area and pampers his fans with cash and other gifts, acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka said.
He said Madzibaba Bond committed the crime shortly after he had given the complainant, Phineas Muumbe, US$100 for unknown reasons.
Madzibaba Bond then shot Muumbe once on the left shoulder after accusing him of stealing his goats.
“Machiya who is a Harare-based prophet of an apostolic sect and Muumbe are neighbours and every time Machiya visits his rural home, he would dish out groceries as well as money to his followers.
“On this occasion, Machiya assaulted one of the congregants from Harare following a dispute over the church’s leadership. Muumbe heard screams coming from Machiya’s house and went there to investigate what was happening.
“He found Machiya armed with a pistol pointed to the ground. Machiya fired a single shot. He then gave Muumbe US$100 before accusing him of stealing his goats,” said Assistant Inspector Chinyoka.
Muumbe went on to report the matter to the police, Manica Post reports.
Machiya was arrested, while Muumbe was rushed to St Peter’s Mission Hospital where he was admitted.