A POLICE officer yesterday told the Kitwe magistrate’s court that the ‘fugitive’ Holy Fire Ministries Bishop Dominic Nyondo is alive and within the country contrary to reports that he committed suicide by throwing himself into the Kafue river.
Ephraim Kosamu, a 52-year-old police officer told the court yesterday that he had received information from some family members of Bishop Nyondo that the fugitive clergyman was within the country.
Bishop Nyondo was charged and arrested for various offences including defilement, rape and indecent assault involving nine women members of his church between 2010 and 2013.
Bishop Nyondo is alleged to have committed the crimes on the pretext of exorcizing evil spirits from the women, most of whom were his church members.
Bishop Nyondo denied all the charges levelled against him when he took plea before magistrate Daniel Musonda, but his case took a surprising, but unbelievable turn when he ‘vanished’ following reports that he had committed suicide by throwing himself into the Kafue River.
Despite the suicide reports, the State maintained that Bishop Nyondo was still alive because there was no evidence to show the court that he was dead.
Magistrate Musonda issued a warrant of arrest against Bishop Nyondo and committed his sureties to prison for allegedly failing to avail the accused person before court, but however, the sureties were released after paying K5, 000 each.
When the matter came up for return of bench warrant yesterday, Mr Kosamu told the court that he had received information from some family members of the victims that Nyondo was within the country.
“Your honour, we have received information that Bishop Nyondo is alive and that he is within the country, if found we will bring him to court,” Mr Kosamu said. Magistrate Musonda adjourned the matter to December 12, 2014, for return of bench warrant.