15-YEAR-OLD girl allegedly raped by a Kabwe-based pastor yesterday narrated how she painfully lost her virginity during the attack.
Peterson Zulu appeared in court yesterday and denied committing the offence that has shocked the country. The girl testified that she felt powerless after consuming the concoction that Zulu gave her and other family members. “I could not recall what happened. I was feeling pain in my private part but I did not know why until I was told at the police station that I had been defiled by the pastor.
“Before drinking the concoction, I had my panties on and it was black in colour but later when my mother checked me after he [Zulu] was caught, I had no panties,” she said. She said she was a virgin until Zulu defiled her. The girl’s mother and her two older sisters also gave their side of the story.
The victim’s 25-year-old sister told the court that despite feeling dizzy, she saw Zulu having sex with her younger sister.
She said when Zulu realised that she had seen him, he quickly stood up and went towards her shouting, “In the name of Jesus!”
She said she pushed him away and called for help. She told the court that before her mother could come to her rescue, Zulu stormed out of the bedroom around 03:30 hours.
The girl’s mother testified that on the first day, she met Zulu, who asked for K500 so that he could buy things he needed to conduct the prayers.
“He bought methylated spirit, vinegar and Apple Max. When he was mixing them, I witnessed. I trusted him because he was known to be a pastor… that is why I allowed him to pray for my family,” she said.
Zulu, 25, is allege d to have defiled the girl at her parents’ home in Ndeke township last week after giving the girl and other family members a concoction of Apple Max,Methylated Spirit and vinegar to drink. He appeared before magistrate Gertrude Malupande. Zulu, of Zion Finger of God, is also a member of the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia.
Magistrate Malupande told Zulu that she was entering a plea of not guilty and the victim was immediately called to testify. Zulu told the court that he had been coughing and spitting blood while in police custody because a mob beat him up on the night he was allegedly caught. The magistrate directed police to take him to hospital for medical attention. He remains detained.
The matter has been adjourned to September 19 for continued trial.