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    Chivhu Anglican priest fired over sex scandals

    Reverend Tineyi Chiwenga.

    MIRIAM MANGWAYA
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIVHU – An Anglican priest at St Cryril Parish in Chivhu has confirmed that he has been relieved of his duties over sex scandals but he told The Mirror that these involved his son and not him.
    His Bishop declined to comment on the matter.
    Some sources said that Reverend Tineyi Chiwenga (42) was involved in an adulterous relationship that resulted in the pregnancy of his maid. 
    They said Chiwenga is on a three-year suspension and further investigations are being conducted on a litany of  adultery allegations, which include proposing love  to  married  female congregants and dating a  Form  6 pupil at a local school.
    Reverend Chiwenga told The Mirror that he was no longer ministering as a church priest. He vehemently denied responsibility of his house-helper’s pregnancy. He said it was rather his son who was involved in an affair with the maid, only identified as Last. 
    He said  when  the housemaid told him and his wife  that she was pregnant, they could not accept  her as a  daughter- in-law, which offended  Last’s family and the latter lodged a  complaint  against him with the bishop.
    He said he is barred from conducting priestly duties because of the unruly behaviour of his son, who is an undergraduate at  a local university.
    “I am not the one who impregnated the young woman. My son was wayward and impregnated a girl out of wedlock. As a clergyman, I am now paying the price for not being able to raise my son well. The bishop met the family of the pregnant woman and they told him it was my son who was responsible for that pregnancy,” he said.
    Efforts to get a comment from Last were in vain.
    Chiwenga, who is married and has three children, had served Chivhu for about two years after he was transferred from St Bernard’s Parish in Buhera in 2016.
    The Mirror is reliably informed that on Sunday, St Cyril Anglican female congregants held a mini send-off ceremony for Chiwenga’s wife in sympathise with her after the incident.


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