Bishop In Hot Water After Receiving US$100 000 Tithing
A local Bishop has found himself in the crosshairs of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) after he received a massive US$100 000 in tithing. The massive amount has drawn the attention of the anti-graft body who suspect that the money was from the proceeds of criminal activities.
This information was revealed by the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo during a press briefing on Wednesday. Justice Matanda-Moyo said the names of the “Men of God” who are currently being investigated will remain confidential until all the investigations into the matter are completed.
Justice Matanda-Moyo is quoted by online publication New Zimbabwe as saying,
“From investigation right now, we are dealing with curation cases involving two bishops, from different congregations. One is alleged to have received illicit proceeds of crime to the tune of US$100 000 in the name of tithing.
“But there was never an inquiry into how a person can tithe $100 000 as 10%.
“So, the churches are also guilty of corruption in receiving these proceeds of crime; there is of course corruption in the churches.”
Justice Matanda-Moyo also revealed that the other Bishop is also being investigated for embezzling and misappropriating funds from some schools which are run by his church. Promoted Content
“They have destroyed mission schools. So, we are also investigating those alleged corruption matters,” she said.
The anti-corruption chairperson went on to say that ZACC is mobilizing churches in the fight against corruption.
“We are bringing in the church on board in the fight against corruption. So, what the church is doing is some of them have already started including anti-corruption messages in their services.
“And we have also started encouraging the churches to encourage their congregates to declare acts of corruption.”
“We said if they come to ZACC, we can also deal with the matter, having a soft spot for the bible verses which they believe in. So, we want to encourage the church to fight corruption within that sector and also help build values because the church can do a lot in preventing corruption.”
ZACC is one of the two Chapter 13 institutions specifically mandated ‘to combat crime and corruption’. The other one being the National Prosecuting Authority. However, ZACC has generally been viewed as toothless and largely ineffective when it comes to fighting corruption.