Bizarre cases of 2013!

HARARE - From mysteries to miracles — the year 2013 was dingy with bizarre cases that left all and sundry confused.
Clergymen made headlines for sexual offences, babies were born within three days, gold “rained” in churches and money spawned miraculously in people’s pockets.

Early this year a deadly and mysterious explosion ripped apart four houses and killed five people in the sprawling town of Chitungwiza leaving the nation baffled.

Body parts were strewn everywhere with soldiers and police officers barricading the four houses.

So powerful was the blast that it shook houses within a 100 metre radius.

One of the people affected, who was believed to be a powerful traditional healer, died on the spot.

The national traditional healers’ body Zinatha even sent a team to investigate the matter.

Before this “supernatural” occurrence had faded from readers’ minds a woman claimed to have given birth after a “three-day pregnancy” following a “miracle” performed by charismatic preacher, Emmanuel Makandiwa.

The child died barely three months after the birth in a story which left a mark on Zimbabweans.

But that was not the end.

The preacher also made headlines when gold dust allegedly “rained” during his church service in what geologists dismissed as “utter rubbish”.

The founder of Spirit Embassy International Church Eebert Angel also made headlines this year with his “miracle money”.

While money should circulate in the system; the prophet allegedly “miraculously produced” money in the pockets of his congregants.

Those who attended the miracle-filled Sunday “suddenly found” money in their pockets.

There was pronounced criticism and scepticism of the authenticity of claims of “miracle money”.

A Mufakose-based pastor  Tizora Kaitano will be fighting with the flees in jail for the next 20 years after mysteriously developing fully-formed breasts before sodomising and committing oral indecencies  on one of his congregants.

The pastor stunned the court  as he claimed boobs were a reaction to his Tuberculosis medication.

Men of the cloth sold papers this year and what with characters like Pastor Robert Martin  Gumbura who shocked readers as details of his alleged insatiable sexual escapades were laid bare for all.

The pastor who has 11 wives and 30 known children is currently facing seven counts of rape, shocked the nation when he disclosed his dream of fathering 100 children.

He allegedly indoctrinated and sexually abused young girls entrusted under his charge.

On the political arena, former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth Macheka came under the spotlight with her alleged affair.

It must have been a double blow for the former prime minister and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who “lost” the presidential election.

In a series of phone messages published in the media, Macheka allegedly communicated with a former lover, Kennedy Ngirazi, behind the premier’s back.

The party was quick to adopt damage control measures, but the damage had already been done.

The MDC even issued a statement dismissing the allegations as “hogwash”.

The first lady, Grace Mugabe was not to be outdone as she added to the stalls one of the most ridiculous claims a mother can utter in public.

At a women’s conference, Mugabe claimed in front of an audience of close to a thousand that her daughter Bona was a virgin.

Her claims caused pandemonium and hysteria as there have been reports that her daughter was once “raped” at a party after her drink had been spiked.

On the political front, things were also very entertaining.

After political analysts had predicted President Robert Mugabe would retain some MDC Cabinet members, analysts and expectant members bit the dust when the president recycled deadwood shutting the door on MDC members of Parliament.

The Zanu PF leader, who won a new five-year term in the July 31 elections, named his new Cabinet, making minor tweaks to a team largely comprising trusted lieutenants who have served in successive governments since independence in 1980.

But there was no place for officials from the MDC which Zanu PF shared power with in a fractious coalition government over the last four years following violent and disputed elections in 2008.

As the curtain comes down on 2013, these stories made news waves selling a considerable amount of newspapers. Zimbabweans will remember these wacky stories as the year rolls to an end.

Comments (3)

kana dziri ndufu gore rino zvakaoma,gore rino michato yanga iri yokungo seredzera.

herbert - 30 December 2013

Gumbura number 1

Kadhara PasiPemuti - 31 December 2013

I saw one of his ministers at a certain hospital and was reminded when I saw another of his now late minister who could not manage to pick a packet of shumba snacks in a spar supermarket in Masvingo. I had to help him by picking it for him, I asked myself what the heck is this man doing in cabinet? He has moving graves as ministers this president of ours, a very first in the world.

Maita Manyuka - 31 December 2013

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