By Melody Gwenyambira and Arron Nyamayaro
ZAOGA Mbare Assembly has been rocked by a love scandal allegedly involving a senior church member and a married man. An elder from the church Sharayi Makura is alleged to be having an affair with a married man Knowledge Gunda.
Sharayi who is also a teacher at Nharira Primary school on the suburb acknowledged that she is dating Knowledge but as far as she was concerned he was SINGLE.
“As far as I am concerned Knowledge is not married. I know that he is divorced from his wife and when I started dating him, he was living on his own. I am a widow and my husband passed away in 2011,” Sharayi said.
Knowledge is said to have been a driver at Nharira Primary school and his wife Venia works there too.
“I am telling you all this but I know the situation on the ground. That man is not married to anyone. I do admit that I was going out with him and I was even introduced to his family and our church pastors know about our relationship.
“At the moment, we are not seeing each other, I have told him to sort out this issue first,” Sharayi added.
Sharayi who is the daughter of Overseer Maradha from Rusape is facing accusations of being protected from any disciplinary action because of the position her parents hold in the church.
“Sharayi’s issue has been a sore point in the church because she is doing such deeds and Mai Mufundisi (name given as Enzile Runatsa) is protecting her. Knowledge’s wife approached her and presented the matter to her but she should concentrate on praying,” sources alleged.
Efforts to get a comment from Mai Runatsa were fruitless as she referred the news crew to her husband, who refused to comment saying, “I do not know anything about that issue because I never handled it.”
Venia refused to entertain the news crew.
“I do not like discussing my private issues with people. Problems with my husband came up after Sharayi was accused of having an affair with my husband.
“He stopped coming home and I even went to confront Sharayi and she denied the whole matter and even gave me some bit of advice on praying,” she said.
Knowledge confirmed that he has been dating Sharayi for the past two months. He said he was an eligible bachelor after separating with his wife more than a year ago. “I have been going out with her for two months because I separated with my wife one year and a half ago,” said Knowledge.
He also confirmed that they at one time consulted Sharayi’s pastor and he gave them a go ahead with the relationship. “I suspect that my wife is the one trying to break this relationship,” said Knowledge. H Metro