A bogus preacher known as Pastor Gideon Auchab to a family in Damara Location in Katutura, was arrested and charged after being found in possession of a cell phone that had gone missing at the house last week.
He’s known to the family only as Pastor Gideon, and has been delivering the good word from the holy scriptures to the family for the last few months.
According to the owner of the house Steven Kali, the family had come to trust the bogus clergyman, but little did they know that the man has long fingers.
"We don’t really know from what congregation he is from, but he mentioned one for these new churches and he told me he was more of a freelancer. I let him in my house because he sincerely looks like a respected member of his congregation," said Kali.
Auchab told Kali that God has directed him to bring the gospel to his family. "My youngest son is a good judge of character and complained about his visits. I remember him saying he didn’t like the way the pastor’s eyes strayed around the house, nearly earning himself a beating from his mother," said family.
After bringing reading bible verses and preaching for the family, somehow the preacher spotted a Nokia cell phone that he carefully slid into his bag along with his holy books after the devotion.
" When he had left that when we realised that the phone was missing and we stopped a city police patrol car and my son led them to his house. I received a called him soon and they informed me they found it with him, I just told them to proceed and lay charges," he said.
Kali said he met them at the Katutura Police Station and asked his children not to lay charges against him, but warned him to never to set foot in his house again.
"He claimed he put it in the bag by mistake with his other belongings after the devotion. He could not even explain why the cell phone was found at his place switched off," said Kali.
When visited at a house where he rents a room in Damara Location after refusing to give a comment over the phone, Gideon maintained his innocence and declined to reveal the congregation he represents.
" I did not steal the cell phone and I’m innocent. It was an honest mistake, I educate people about the bible not steal from. My church has nothing to do with this, you came here to talk to me," said Gideon, who also refused to be photographed.