A 45-YEAR-OLD bishop of Radiant Church International in Kasama has been arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old congregant.
Northern Province commissioner of police Richard Mweene said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened around 12:30 hours on Wednesday on Kasama-Isoka road.
Mr Mweene said bishop Cephas Mabo allegedly raped the young woman when church members went for prayers on the mountains. The clergyman allegedly lured the woman into a nearby bush and did the unthinkable.
He said after the incident, the woman attempted to commit suicide by drinking a poisonous liquid.
“She has been admitted to Kasama General Hospital while the suspect is in police custody,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police have apprehended two Zambians and a Congolese national for allegedly being in possession of dangerous weapons.
Mr Mweene said the suspects were found with seven explosives, two litres of sulphuric acid, five packets of Urea fertiliser and mica powder.
“We are currently interviewing them to establish the motive behind their carrying of such substances,” Mr Mweene said.
The names of the three suspects have been withheld for security reasons.