THE offices that used to house Geozing Pawnbrokers in Bulawayo, which collapsed in April 2013 after collecting thousands of dollars from hundreds of investors in a pyramid investment scheme, has been turned into a church.
The offices situated along Khami Road have been rebranded the All Nations Voice of God Ministries.
A handful of congregants were milling in and around the new church waiting for their pastor they identified only as S Lilonga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when Southern Eye visited the place yesterday.
“We have been here for close to a month conducting services every week. The building was leased to us by the owners but I do not know how much we are paying,” said a congregant who declined to be named.
Efforts to get a comment from Lilonga were unsuccessful as he was busy praying for some members of his flock in his office until a Southern Eye crew left.
Former Geozing Pawnbrokers director George Zingani last year requested that the company be placed under judicial management as he was struggling to pay his clients more than $6 million it owed them.
Geozing’s pyramid scheme had taken people’s money with promises of a 30% interest on each investment per month.
Some Geozing clients lost their houses, cars and other properties they had sold to invest in the scheme.
Zingani could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was continuously not reachable.