A bishop at the Zion church, headquartered in the Emganwini suburb of Bulawayo, is currently facing serious allegations after three girls came forward to accuse him of ƨǝxuɑl assault. The girls, whose identities have been kept confidential, reported the incidents to the police, prompting an investigation into the accused bishop, identified as Denny Mlilo.
According to a source within the church, Bishop Mlilo seems to have a penchant for “hot young girls.”
The source said in the first instance, Bishop Denny Mlilo visited the 21-year-old victim’s grandparents and on that particular day there was money which was missing.
“It happened that sometime in November 2021, R3 000 which was kept by the victim’s grandparents at their home was missing and Mlilo coincidentally visited the victim’s family and they told him about the missing money. He questioned the woman and ordered her to meet him in town to discuss the issue of the missing money,” said the source.
“On the following day they met in town and they went to a hotel room where he locked the door. He then fondled her breasts and private parts. After that he kissed her while begging to have ƨǝx with her.”
The source further said the bishop left for the bathroom and returned in boxer shorts.
“He touched her while begging her to have ƨǝx with her. But she refused and after that he gave her R200. The woman then went home,” said the source.
The source said whenever the bishop visited the woman’s grandparents, he would f0ndle her.
“Each time he visited the woman’s grandparents he would f0ndle her brǝɑsts and butt0cks. She reported him to her grandparents but they could not take any action,” said the source.
Seeing that there was no solution in sight, last week on Tuesday the victim reported Mlilo to the police.
The bishop also allegedly angled for an 18-year-old orphan and promised to assist her with her educational needs.
“The 18-year-old who was doing Form Four last year asked to be assisted by the bishop with her educational needs, after that he frequently visited her home under the pretext of visiting her guardians and whenever he found her alone he would fondle her brǝɑsts and privɑte pɑrts. While they were at church during prayer sessions he would take her to a secluded room and caress her brǝɑsts, privɑte pɑrts and butt0cks while pretending to be praying for her. The girl stopped going to church to avoid being ƨǝxuɑlly abused,” said a church member who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A fortnight ago the minor confided in a church member, after that she reported the incident to the police.
In yet another case the bishop visited an elderly couple and would allegedly ƨǝxuɑlly abuse their 17-year-old granddaughter.
“Last year in September he found the girl alone sitting in the living room and grabbed her before forcing her to sit on his lap and caressed her breɑsts. He tried to rɑpe her, fortunately she was on her period and he could not ƨǝxuɑlly attack her. The minor told her grandparents who tried to influence her to sweep the matter under the carpet but sometime last week she reported the matter to the police,” said the source.
Mlilo was not reachable on his mobile number. After that this publication contacted him via his wife’s mobile number and when this reporter introduced himself he said: “I do not know anything,” before terminating the call.
Bulawayo’s deputy police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele, confirmed that they are investigating the reports of indecent assault committed by Bishop Denny Mlilo. Inspector Msebele urged parents and guardians not to shield suspects or dismiss cases of ƨǝxuɑl abuse due to the social standing of the perpetrators.
Bishop Mlilo is scheduled to appear in court to face the charges against him. The community of Bulawayo awaits the legal proceedings, hoping for justice to be served and for the safety of vulnerable individuals to be protected.