Fourty-Seven year-old Bishop Dominic Nyondo who was arrested last week for allegedly sexually abusing nine young girls from his Church has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of sexual abuse in a Kitwe magistrates court.
Bishop Nyondo of Holy Fire Christian Ministry Church in Kitwe has been charged with three counts of defilement, three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault .
This was after he allegedly sexually abused the girls aged between 14 and 20 years on the pretext that he was cleansing them of evil spirits.
Bishop Nyondo of House number 853 Ipusukilo township in Kitwe is accused of allegedly having sex with three girls below the age of sixteen between April 2010 and November 2011.
He is further accused of allegedly having sex with three women without their consent between December 2013 and June 2014 and further indecently assaulting three women during the same period.
The accused person is said to have undressed his victims while he prayed for them, ‘anointed’ them with milk and later had sex with them.
Bishop Nyondo appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Daniel Musonda where he denied all the nine charges.
Bishop Nyondo has however been granted a cash bail of K5000 with two working sureties in their own recognisance after he applied for bail.
He was arrested last week on July 21 and the matter has been adjourned to August 11, 2014 for commencement of trial.