A REFORMED Church in Zimbabwe pastor, Reverend Menard Zvenyika, who was facing a $10,000 lawsuit from a Masvingo man for having an adulterous relationship and impregnating his wife has committed suicide.
Chezhira Mukobvu dragged the clergyman to the Masvingo Civil Court earlier this year alleging the pastor had an improper relationship with his wife, Rosemary Nyamukachi, 35.
Family members told NewZimbabwe.com that the pastor committed suicide by drinking poison at his homestead in Bikita on Friday. He died while being rushed to Bikita clinic.
The source said Zvenyika was due to be dragged before a church disciplinary hearing over the alleged affair.
"Pressure was mounting on him," said the family member.
"His job was on the line since there was overwhelming evidence that he was involved in a relationship with a married woman yet he was also married. The hearing was scheduled for Monday."
The affair is said to have taken place while Nyamukachi was working as a maid for the pastor in 2008. The relationship resulted in Nyamukachi giving birth to a son, leading her to desert her matrimonial home.
In his court papers, Mukobvu said his wife admitted to having an affair with the pastor adding she was prepared to testify in court.
Mukobvu wanted the pastor to compensate him for the damage to his marriage and the pain he suffered after he was refused sex over the years.