By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Police in Mansa have charged and arrested Bishop John Mwelwa 37, of Healing Cross Ministries Church for two offences of Rape and Defilement.
Brief facts of the alleged Rape case are that the victim 17 had persistent abdominal pains and her parents took her to the Bishop who prophesied that she had cotton in her abdomen and then bishop Mwelwa gave her an appointment to see him on September 18,2022 around 10:00 hours.
When the parents took her there, on the material day September 18, 2022 the Bishop demanded that the Victim should go alone with him so that he can go and remove the cotton.
On September 19, 2022 around 13:00 hours the victim went to the Bishop who asked her to embark in his vehicle and he took her to a named lodge where the bishop is accused of having raped her when he inserted his manhood in her private part as a way of removing the cotton from the abdomen which the Bishop had earlier prophesied.
She sustained painful private part and abdominal pains.
Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed the development in a statement.
Mr Hamoonga said with regards to the defilement case brief facts are that the Bishop was approached by a parent of a Female Juvenile aged 15 who had a condition of having milk coming out of her breast.
He said on an unknown date on a Sunday in March, 2022 at Healing Cross Ministries Church, the Bishop requested the victim to come on a Monday the following day where he told her that she had cotton wool in her stomach which needed to be removed.
“He later on gave her anointing oil to drink, The Bishop then drove to a named lodge where he booked a room and applied anointing oil on her private parts and breast whilst purportedly removing the cotton.
He informed the victim that the cotton was still remaining and asked her if she could go and have it removed within fifteen minutes by way of having canal knowledge with her boyfriend if she had one,” he said.