An Apostolic Faith Mission pastor was last week convicted and fined $200 after he was found guilty of assaulting a fellow motorist. Patson Munyengeterwa (46), who is a pastor at AFM church in Waterfalls, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Ms Shelly Zvenyika.
Despite having denied the charge, Ms Zvenyika found him guilty of the offence and in passing sentence she pointed out that his behaviour was not expected from a man of his calibre.
“You are a man of the cloth and the community looks up to you for moral direction,” she said. “It is important to think before you act because your behaviour has not only brought shame to you and your family, but to your congregation as well.”
court_hammerMs Zvenyika told Munyengeterwa that his behaviour was not to be repeated and he had to be cautious of his actions in public.
“A pastor should always make sure that he acts in the right manner, especially when you are in public,” she said. “You are a first offender and a custodial sentence would be too harsh, but you should take this time as a time for repentance.”
Sometime in October last year, Munyengeterwa was driving behind Levison Tamburike’s vehicle along Masotsha Ndhlovu Way in Harare.
He blew his car horn at Tamburike so that he could drive faster, but when he did not respond, Munyengeterwa overtook and stopped his car in front of Tamburike’s vehicle.
Tamburike stopped and Munyengeterwa disembarked shouting at him that he drove as if he owned the road. Munyengeterwa then assaulted Tamburike all over his body using clenched fists. A report was made to the police leading to his arrest.