Mr Lucas Makudo (36) who hails from Gonvile suburb was having headaches over his slow moving business and decided to enlist the services of a self-styled prophet; Clarkson Mutinhima (34) to use his “prophetic and supernatural powers” to revive his waning fortunes. Prosecutor Beatrice Mukaro told Gutu Magistrates Court that the Prophet then convinced the Businessman that all the cash returns from his business needed cleansing. He then ordered the poor guy to bring all the money to him so that he could wash off the evil spirits and re-vitalise his enterprises and promised him that the money would be returned to him as soon as he was done with the rituals.
The funds submitted on various occasions between October 2012 to October 2013 constituted of US 4709; R 3000; P 2000 totalling $5 000.
In October last year the complainant then discovered that Mutinhima had used all the money for his personal use and a report was made and nothing was recovered. Gutu Magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini slapped Mutinhima with 20 months imprisonment of which 6 months were suspended on a condition that he pays Makudo the sum of US $8 809 through the clerk of court