A Chegutu pastor is on the run after persuading church members to invest in a “company” he set up.
Pastor Fortunate Mawowa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is believed to have departed the country when investors pressed him for returns.
More than $40,000 is thought to have been put in his “company,” with none of the investors receiving a dime.
According to one of Pastor Mawowa’s victims, he fled the nation for South Africa, claiming to be seeking professional medical care.
“We have been duped out of our hard-earned money after being sweet-talked into investing in his bogus scheme,” the victim claimed.
“He bought a nice car and had a white wedding, which attracted so many people, using our investment funds.
“Problems started when our investments matured and we needed to be paid.
“He then started talking about being sick and sending apology text messages.
“After realising that he was under pressure, he then went to South Africa under the disguise that he was going to see a specialist doctor.”
Mawowa went to South Africa in May last year and he can no longer be reached.
Some victims have been approaching Mawowa’s mother demanding their money in vain.