A Pastor from a named Pentecostal church in Mazabuka District has been nabbed by police for allegedly defiling a 14 year old girl entrusted in his care for spiritual help.
Southern Province Police Commanding Officer, Lemmy Kajoba confirmed the arrest of Pastor Austin Moyo to ZANIS in Livingstone today.
Mr. Kajoba said the 14 year old minor was believed to be demon possessed and her parents sought guidance from Pastor Moyo who offered to pray for her for a week to deliver her from the demons that were tormenting her.
However, on one of her visits, the mother to the girl became suspicious when she allegedly found the pastor in a compromising situation in a bedroom when he was supposed to be praying for the girl.
She allegedly informed her husband and together they confronted the pastor who in turn said the girl was possessed by strong demons which he eventually managed to cast out and banish to Kafue.
But upon being interviewed, the girl said the pastor had carnal knowledge of her and her claims were later confirmed by health authorities at Mazabuka District Hospital.
Mr. Kajoba described the incident as unfortunate considering that pastors respected by many people for their guidance and advice on various issues.