Wife accuses prophet T.P. Elias of sexual misconduct with church ‘sisters’
- Couple argue over missing condoms and morning after pills
The angry wife of a flamboyant local Prophet Thato Patrick Elias of Gates of Heaven Networks has depicted the glamorous pastor as nothing but a wolf in a sheep’s skin.
Olerato Lesego whose marriage to the self styled prophet T.P Elias is falling apart after a short four months of living together as husband and wife broke the silence after her husband filed for divorce following a bitter argument over missing condoms and morning after pills.
Painting a picture of the overseer of a close to 6 000 strong congregation as a womaniser whose house is more like a playboy mansion than a pastor’s home Olerato said: “He lives with young attractive women or ‘sisters’ who walk around clad in miniskirts and bikinis for his viewing pleasure.”
Speaking to The Voice, Olerato said that her marriage to the prophet famed for healing miracles and casting out demons has turned out to be one of her greatest disappointments in life.
Matters came to a head when he couldn’t account for three condoms which she had left in the house but found missing on returning from Moshupa, her home village.
A packet of morning after pills she had also left was found empty.
“Rather than answer question on what had happened to the missing items, he has chosen to file for divorce,” she revealed.
Relating the background to their relationship Olerato explained: “We got married in 2011 but I did not move into the marital home until four months ago when I quit my job as a Health Promotion and Education Technician in Lobatse to join my husband in Maun.
Immediately after moving in, all hell broke loose,” she claimed.
“I found two women whom the pastor addressed as ‘sisters’ from church living in the same house.
The arrangement did not sit well with me, especially when I realised that these sisters did all the wifely duties.
I felt like a stranger in my own house while these women carried on with cooking, cleaning, doing my husband’s laundry and God knows what else.
“He also had a tendency of watching television with them and they would be giggling and laughing only to keep quiet whenever I joined them.
My husband would leave pretending to suddenly get busy. He treats these “sisters” much better than his wife, that much I can tell you.”
As if flirting with her husband in front of her was not enough, Olerato said she was shocked that the “sisters” knew more about family finances and affairs than her.
The 27-year- old mother of one said that her husband side- lined her in most decisions involving the family money.
“I would wake up and a family car would be gone and a few days later it would be replaced by a new one and he wouldn’t say a thing to me.
Our Audi Q7 just disappeared and a Mercedes Benz E500 appeared without an explanation and I was expected to shut up and be a good wife,” Olerato fumed.
She further disclosed that there were times her husband would go with the ‘sisters’ for late night prayers leaving her behind.
“In fact he told me that he was going to spend only 30 minutes per day with me since family was not that important to him.
My role he said was to treat him like an angel if I wanted the marriage to work.”
When she finally succeed in evicting the sisters, her husband brought in yet another ‘sister’ called Lorraine and told her that the woman was a “prayer warrior’ who needed to be accommodated by him despite persistent rumours that the two had had an affair.
For his part Prophet T. P. Elias said that it was true that he lived with some sisters at his house but it was for training and security reasons since the sisters handled church money.
Regarding the late night prayers, he said that it was not only sisters but brothers too attended the sessions.
“I left my wife behind to look after our child, but I did my best to treat her as my wife.
I admit that I failed her somehow,” he said.
The 28-year-old prophet dismissed as ‘just rumours’ the allegations over his alleged love affair with ‘sister’ Lorraine, who had moved into his house despite his wife’s vehement protests.
He claimed that he related with her just like any other church member.
Asked if he didn’t think that as a pastor it would be his duty to honour his marriage vows T.P Elias said: “I have prayed long and hard, even on top of a mountain and come to the conclusion that she was the wrong woman for me.
She hasn’t turned out to be what I expected her to be so I am divorcing her.”
Asked for a comment Lorraine said she did not want to be seen to be giving the aggrieved wife’s baseless story credibility.
“I am innocent. I was among the 20 people chosen for training as prayer warriors based on the commitment demonstrated by our daily attendance of prayers held at the church and motivated by our love of God.
That’s all I can say.”