A Roman Catholic priest has been embroiled in a sex scandal and currently at loggerheads with his congregation after it was revealed he was allegedly having an affair with a married woman in his parish.
Father Willie Muzondiwa of Chegutu has been accused of having sexual relationships with Fungai Magidi, after her married lover Francis Marimo reportedly discovered their sex chats on WhatsApp in her phone. The romantic messages currently making the rounds on the internet, has been denied by the priest who claimed Marimo was the one who confessed to cheating with Mai Magidi leading him to confront him after he discovered messages in her mobile phone. “I am not in love with Mai Magidi but its only that I came to Chegutu in 2012 after graduating as a priest and discovered that the congregation was divided and I introduced a new administration committee,” said Father Muzondiwa.
“We were realizing US$120 monthly and that is not enough to cover costs and we agreed to introduce membership cards with records of a monthly contribution of $3. This did not go well with other members and they tried to plot my downfall, Mai Magidi was supportive as a chairperson for women. When working together with someone, you end up sharing challenges and I strongly believe that is why parish members singled her out. Mai Magidi is in a love relationship with Marimo that is why he came to confront me after he discovered messages in her mobile phone. He warned me over dating Mai Magidi but I could not deny nor confirm the allegations after he came along with one Lilongwe I sacked from treasury over swindling money.
“The following day Marimo posted the messages on a church whatsapp group and the members were planning to demonstrate against me. I asked a fellow priest stationed at Mhondoro to exchange with me so as to avoid the demonstrations. I came to understand what our lecturers were saying when they warned us on the challenges faced in doing the ministry work,” said Father Muzondiwa. Marimo is alleged to have been dating Magidi for the past 15 years following her husband’s relocation to the United Kingdom. Mai Magidi is alleged to have organized a dinner and bought a suit for Father Muzondiwa to thank him for looking after the parish, raising suspicion among the congregants. Father Muzondiwa was recently forced to conduct mass in Mhondoro after church members threatened to demonstrate against the alleged unholy union with Magidi.
Mai Magidi and Marimo declined giving their side of the story to H-Metro, even though sources have squealed that the scandal has reached the bishop who is working to transfer the priest to a new parish.