A Kitwe based Magistrate Daniel Musonda yesterday issued a one-day order to “dead” Holy Fire Ministries Bishop Dominic Nyondo’s sureties to pay K5,000 each or face four months imprisonment with hard labour.
Magistrate Musonda’s order was prompted by the sureties’ failure to present Bishop Nyondo to court.
The order was issued in a case in which Bishop Nyondo of house number 853 Ipusukilo Township in Kitwe is facing three counts of defilement, four counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.
Bishop Nyondo, who is said to have committed suicide, is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of nine women of his church on the pretext that he was casting out demons.
Bishop Nyondo denied the allegations.
Particulars of the offence are that Nyondo on dates unknown but between April 2010 and October 2013, on different occasions, had unlawful carnal knowledge of girls and women of his church.
Magistrate Musonda said he had noted that Bishop Nyondo had no intentions of coming to court.
He said he could not believe in the sureties’ explanation that the bishop committed suicide.
“Both sureties should pay K5,000 each, failure to which they will serve four months in prison with hard labour,” Mr Musonda said.
Magistrate Musonda granted a bench warrant against Bishop Nyondo and adjourned the case to October 8.
A few days after his first appearance in court, Bishop Nyondo left a suicide note and has not been seen since. His body has not been found.
Prosecutors believe that Nyondo is not dead but is in hiding.