A priest with the Anglican Church under the Diocese of Manicaland has been hit by yet another sex scandal. This time, he is accused of impregnanting two women, including a student in Honde Valley.
The priest, William Nechironga, was recently suspended by Bishop Ruwona from duty following spirited pressure from concerned congregants who had resorted to boycotting church services:
“I write on behalf of the Church Of God to express a concern over allegations of illicit love affairs and impregnating a woman
“Preliminary enquiry by the Archdeacon and subsequent meetings with the church leadership show that you are aware of the issue
“It is in terms of CANON 24 (5) that in order to avoid a scandal, I hereby suspend you from the exercise of all ministerial duties with immediate effect,” read the letter Bishop Ruwona wrote.
“During the period of your suspension, you are required to hand over to the Archdeacon and Churchwardens all church property under your custody,” the letter continues
In September alone, Nechironga is said to have impregnated a church congregant, who resides in Chisuko Village, and another one in Muterere Village before he jumped to a high school student at Sagambe High, impregnated her too and offered to marry her.
It is alleged, however, that the student was later forced to terminate the pregnancy.
Nechironga maintained he was innocent, and accused thecongregants whom he allegedly impregnated of trying to tarnish his good image.
“Those women are giving you false information,” he said.
“They are jealous of me and are trying to tarnish my image.”
“I have never impregnated anyone. This is an act jealousy as one of those women you have talked about is forcing me to love her,” Nechironga added.