Tsvangirai on TB Joshua

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has sympathised with embattled Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua following the death of 115 people after a guesthouse collapsed at his church compound.

The support comes as the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) founder promised to travel to South Africa to “console family and relatives of the 84 South Africans” who perished in the guest house disaster amid calls by the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) for him to be denied a visa.

While Tsvangirai himself had told the Daily News that he could not comment or discuss the unfolding saga since “he was driving and far away”, his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed that his boss had sent a condolence message to the under fire TB Joshua.

“The president was so much touched by the mishap and being (a) devout Christian… he joins the rest of the world in mourning the untimely loss of life,” the MDC presidential spin-doctor said, although he could not divulge contents of the letter.

“This is a tragedy and we sympathise with the government of Nigeria and people who lost their relatives…. As a party were are actually affected by the tragedy,” Tamborinyoka said when quizzed about the ex-premier’s view of the spiritual leader’s handling of the disaster amid widespread charges of obfuscation of the scale of the crisis.

Ever since the guesthouse – mainly housing foreigners – collapsed on September 12, TB Joshua has endured a serious backlash through press reports that he had “stonewalled rescue efforts and bribed journalists” in the aftermath of the disaster.

According to Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, the former trade unionist had actually slept in one of the buildings adjacent to the one which tumbled or caved in due to poor workmanship when he visited Lagos last year.

“The president is a Christian and when he went there… he slept in the guest house,” Tamborinyoka said, adding his boss had always been “received well” each time he went to the West African country.

Tsvangirai’s condolences come as one of his key backers and Mashonaland West provincial executive Greenwich Ndanga was killed in the Ikotun tragedy.

Last year, TB Joshua prayed for the MDC leader at his SCOAN headquarters and in that episode Tsvangirai “buckled to his knees”, and rose again, as if he was entranced.

It was the second time that the veteran politician had visited the controversial soothsayer after attending another church service in September 2010 when he was still the country’s prime minister.

As the world struggles to digest and understand the disaster – dozens more outside the 115 people killed – questions abound about the celebrity preacher’s prophetic powers since he had failed to predict the collapse of the multi-storied apartment in his own backyard and compound.

In the past, TB Joshua has hogged the limelight for sensationally claiming to see the demise of several high profile people and African heads of State as well as other tragedies worldwide.

According to him, he foresaw Michael Jackson’s death and many other disasters.

However, it was the SCOAN founder’s insistence that the disaster had been caused by a “mysterious plane and sheer sabotage” that have angered many, including the ANCYL, which is even contemplating legal action through a class suit.

“I will be travelling to South Africa to meet people from South Africa and other nations who find South Africa easier to visit, in memory of martyrs of faith,” TB Joshua said on Sunday, adding reports surrounding the monumental disaster bordered on “persecution and propaganda”.

According to Nigerian journalist Nicholas Ebekwe, the self-styled prophet handed out envelopes containing 50 000 Naira or over $300 and the reporter says he was surprised to see some of his colleagues take the money.

“What got me angry is we are talking about a tragedy, we are talking about a loss of over 90 lives,” he told SAfM. “Now journalists do not have the conscious to report what is right.”

He said the act of bribery was completely unethical.

Comments (39)

The spirit in the man did not tell him about the tragedy but it informed to give bribe money to journalist! What kind of spirit does this man have? Judge for your self. As far as I see it its a Babylonian spirit.

Samaita - 24 September 2014

The spirit in the man did not tell him about the tragedy but it informed to give bribe money to journalist! What kind of spirit does this man have? Judge for your self. As far as I see it its a Babylonian spirit.

Samaita - 24 September 2014

kiikiki, hanzi the President, hahahaha kurota hakuperi, he is now a gangster, and don't say he appeared entranced after TB josh laid his hands on him, he actually manifested whatever is in him and there after he reported to trauma center where a high degree of insanity was controlled by anti-depressants which he is surviving on now.

reason - 24 September 2014

Its better to reserve one's comments than to put in writing what you do not have enough information about. Issues concerning the servants of God are very tricky as they are also subject to attack. At the end of the day its difficult to know the truth especially when coming from journalists in zimbabwe. They can write a story and claim that the evidence is available only to retract the story later. This is journalism in Zimbabwe..... When we have people like Itai Dzamara as their leader who claim to know it all when the profession is in this state. Lord help us.

Bridget - 24 September 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how foolish and unsophisticated tsvangirai is.This MANt is not primarily concerned about the dead but feels for this snake charmer called t.b. who promised him that one day his hallucinations of ruling zimbabwe will one day suffice.This bible thumping thief and conman called t.b. has been going on and on about so and so dying and yet could not prophesy the calamity about to visit his own house!?HE was going about predicting hell and fire for you and me but the smooth talking MAN OF GOD could not smell the coming death of so many of his FOLLOWERS.And you hear that many would have survived if only he had allowed them to be rescued.He refused to allow them to be saved because this religious man wanted to cover up and save his own pompous image.YES,I AM VERY VERY ANGRY.Then you hear of attempts to bar,then bribe news reporters to write sympathetically about him in relation to this horror.And then you hear this so called man of god used not so godly ways to illegally increase the number of stories in this building that collapsed.And this man of miracles and fainting politicians wants us to believe he is holier than thou if only it was not for that mysterious plane conviniently seen by nobody except his FOLLOWERS!?AND IN COMES THIS TSVANGIRAI FELLOW WITH HIS APOLOGETICS! .lORD HAVE MERCY ON OUR SANITY.

mascara - 24 September 2014

Of coz even president Mugabe respects Tsvangirai as the president of MDC T.Stupid Reason is foolishly disturbed by very simple things. And it is only human that MT sent his sincere condolences to TB Josua. Yes,it's not surprising that TB Joshua has eternal enemies just like our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the collapse of his guest house does not mean the end of SCOAN.It is not a crime that God did not reveal to TB Joshua the guest hse disaster.No one knows when & how exactly they are going to die. TB Joshua has never pretended to be Jesus or God.He actually urges people to worship only God.

TSAONA - 24 September 2014

Mascara's unnecessarily long story only shows the hatred he/she has for both JB Joshua & Tsvangirai.This person does not at all follow the bible's teaching.

MBENGO - 24 September 2014

Aiwa pagara panofa munhu hapashaikwi muroyi ndinoti ngatichemei nevafigwa zvokunongedzerana nemimwe hazvitibetseri asi ngatitsvakei mhosho yaita danga riwe . Kungoti vatendi panoitwa minana ndipo pavanoda vachitadza kuzvinamatira voga , ngavazive kuti TB Joshua haasi Mwari kana Jesu angaoona zvese anongova munhuwu savaGumbura , so kunemwi vatndi dzidzai kuzvinamatira moga munokunda miedzo

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 24 September 2014

the so called ''prophet'' is a sophisticated conman & deceiver ! and thousands are being misled at their own gullibility.

the analyst - 24 September 2014

i wonder people talking nonsense. do people realy kno what prophecy is? is prophecy not God speaking thru his servant. if God did not want to reveal this to T.B Joshua then what offence did the prophet commited. we should feel for the man of God. Check the prophecies that came thru a Kinyan Prophet called Maxillar Mumo in 2013 and find out if it was not given wen he said pray for TB Joshua coz im seing an attack on his church. people of God, let God Judge not you who knows nothing

thomas - 24 September 2014

i wonder people talking nonsense. do people realy kno what prophecy is? is prophecy not God speaking thru his servant. if God did not want to reveal this to T.B Joshua then what offence did the prophet commited. we should feel for the man of God. Check the prophecies that came thru a Kinyan Prophet called Maxillar Mumo in 2013 and find out if it was not given wen he said pray for TB Joshua coz im seing an attack on his church. people of God, let God Judge not you who knows nothing

thomas - 24 September 2014

the secret things belong to God, but they that have been revealed are revealed for our purpose. God gives a prophet the message He wants him to know and deliver. TB Joshua hapana chaakanganganisa. Ari mugwara.

think - 25 September 2014

Is Tsvangirai's condolence message not misdirected? Does he not feel for the 87 South Africans killed, and their families? He feels sorry for TB Joshua? Should he not instead be calling for a full investigation like a real leader? Is he under the spell also? Is he a leader?

Chikwapuro - 25 September 2014

Those living in a glass house should throw no stones. Before accusing anyone,one needs self critical analysis.Self righteousness is a cancer in many people who rash to attack other people.TB Joshua helped thousands of people the world over but those who never helped a single person rash to call him a false prophet & many other evil names.God does not encourage people to attack each other.

living in a glass house. - 25 September 2014

I thought Morgan was Methodist...what's with associating nembavha idzi? Just how long is he willing to stoop

Murah - 25 September 2014

may i warn our jounalists not to get too excited with the spiritual things. no matter how stupid a man of God looks dont touch him. it is when there are at their weakest, when they are strong. it was when Jesus was on the cross when he was strongest. do your self an individual favour guys, by being careful. especially the young excited journalists.

see - 25 September 2014

What I fail to understand is why a man who calls himself the man of God and can predict insignificant events such as soccer match results ( Makandiwa, Angel and lustful Magaya included) would not be able to predict a calamity in his own backyard that claimed more lives than the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack. Add to that, he goes on to bribe Journalists to write favourable stories about him. Heaven help us all and help us seek salvation through His one and only Son Jesus Christ not through riches seeking bible holding enterpreuners.

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codzo - 25 September 2014

May God help the families of all that lost their lives,and may he give more strenght to TB Joshua to overcome this problem.Amen

BELIEVE CHIZEYA - 25 September 2014

all prophets and i mean all are out to make profit on the blind . wake up you so called religues people

jack - 25 September 2014

Arrest TB Joshua and charge him with murder of 115.

taps - 25 September 2014

Chematama is a "devout Christian"??!!....

ZVOKWADI - 25 September 2014

How come this article is DEAFENINGLY SILENT on what TBJ told Tsvangison in one of his visits to the so-called "man of God"??!!... that Chematama would NEVER rule this country!!

ZVOKWADI - 25 September 2014

WHAT A PROPHET! WHAT AMAZES ME IS NOT TB JOSHUA OR ALL HIS TRICKS TO ENRICH HIMSELF! ALMOST EVERYONE IS AWARE THAT TB JOSHUA IS UNGODLY!!! IAM SUPRISED BY THE SO CALLED "CHRISTIANS " WHO VISIT TB JOSHUA UNDER THE PRETEXT OF DELIVERENCE OR GETTING BLESSINGS.A PROPHET IS ANNOINTED MEN OF GOD WHO ONLY SPEAK WHAT THE ONLY GOD HAD COMMANDED HIM.THE SO CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WILL TRAVEL ALLTHE WAY TO NIGERIA FROM ZIM ,SA OR EVEN MALAWI WITH THEIR BIBLE UNOPENED! LAZY LAZY PEOPLE ,IF YOU READ YOUR BIBLE JESUS HAD HIS OWN WAYS OF HELPING PEOPLE .HE NEVER HAD A FLAMBOUYANT LIFE, EVEN UPON HELPING PEOPLE INE NEED HE NEVER FELT PROUD ABOUT IT .INSTEAD HE WOULTELL THEM NOT TO TELL ANYONE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN .MYBE NOW JESUS HAS CHANGED THROUGH TB JOSHUA,NOW HE NEEDS POPOLARITY ABOUT HIS WONDERS AS IS WITNESSED THROUGH TELEVANGELISIM.THE PROBLEM PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO READ THEIR BIBLES> AS THE BIBLE SAYS PEOPLE NO LONGER ENDURE SOUND TEACHING BUT ARE WAITING WITH ITCHING EARS TO ACCUMULATE TEARCHERS THAT ONLY FULLFILL THEIR PASSION.WHERE IN THE BIBLE DID WE SEE A GUEST HOUSE TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE IN NED OF SALVATION INSTEAD JESUS WOULD MOVE FROM ONE VILLAGE TO THE OTHER HELPING PEOPLE .HE WHO BELIVE IN PROPHETS WILL GET REWARDS OF PROPHET!!MUCHAMUKA

CHINGWA - 25 September 2014

WHAT A PROPHET! WHAT AMAZES ME IS NOT TB JOSHUA OR ALL HIS TRICKS TO ENRICH HIMSELF! ALMOST EVERYONE IS AWARE THAT TB JOSHUA IS UNGODLY!!! IAM SUPRISED BY THE SO CALLED "CHRISTIANS " WHO VISIT TB JOSHUA UNDER THE PRETEXT OF DELIVERENCE OR GETTING BLESSINGS.A PROPHET IS ANNOINTED MEN OF GOD WHO ONLY SPEAK WHAT THE ONLY GOD HAD COMMANDED HIM.THE SO CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WILL TRAVEL ALLTHE WAY TO NIGERIA FROM ZIM ,SA OR EVEN MALAWI WITH THEIR BIBLE UNOPENED! LAZY LAZY PEOPLE ,IF YOU READ YOUR BIBLE JESUS HAD HIS OWN WAYS OF HELPING PEOPLE .HE NEVER HAD A FLAMBOUYANT LIFE, EVEN UPON HELPING PEOPLE INE NEED HE NEVER FELT PROUD ABOUT IT .INSTEAD HE WOULTELL THEM NOT TO TELL ANYONE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN .MYBE NOW JESUS HAS CHANGED THROUGH TB JOSHUA,NOW HE NEEDS POPOLARITY ABOUT HIS WONDERS AS IS WITNESSED THROUGH TELEVANGELISIM.THE PROBLEM PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO READ THEIR BIBLES> AS THE BIBLE SAYS PEOPLE NO LONGER ENDURE SOUND TEACHING BUT ARE WAITING WITH ITCHING EARS TO ACCUMULATE TEARCHERS THAT ONLY FULLFILL THEIR PASSION.WHERE IN THE BIBLE DID WE SEE A GUEST HOUSE TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE IN NED OF SALVATION INSTEAD JESUS WOULD MOVE FROM ONE VILLAGE TO THE OTHER HELPING PEOPLE .HE WHO BELIVE IN PROPHETS WILL GET REWARDS OF PROPHET!!MUCHAMUKA

CHINGWA - 25 September 2014

Kana iyowo ANCYL ngaitikwanire.What is it angry about? Why were the 87 South Africans in Nigeria? Is it not the ANC gvt's imigration department that allowed them to perform religious tourism in a Boko-Haram infested state? The risk of death by being Boko-Haramed or otherwise was already there. Saka mochemei imi makavarega vachienda kozvifira? Neuyuwo wekuMash West uyu hunzi aniko ari kuchemwa naRichardino Morgino uyu. Aitsvagei kure kwese ikoko? Kwenyu kunyika hakuna Mwari? God is here, and his true prophets are plenty. Isharaude- KuJahanne Masowe, Johanne Marange, Ziyoni YekwaMutendi, kuGuta RaJehovha, KuNguwoTsvuku, kana N'anga nyowani dzinemabhaibheri dziriko wani. Ana Makandiwa nanaMagaya vanombomiramirawo wani. Deno makafira henyu kugest house yekuWaterfalls iya yekubatwa mai nhingi iyi better pane kofira kure kure. Zvino tichaziva zvipi manje. Pamwe IBoko Haram, kana kuti imba yakazosara yodonha munhu ato oma mutezo neEbola. Amanaka, namatirai padhuze. Ndonyaya yaitaurwa naJesu kuti vanhu vachamhanya pasi rose vachitsvaga shoko ramwari asi havaiwane becoz humambo hwekudenga hausi kure kure, huri mmwoyo memunhu ega-ega. Jhn 4. Jesus told chifewe cheSamaria kuti nguva yakatokwaniswa nekuuya kwemwanakomana wemunhu kuti hakuchazoendwi Jerusarema kanapaGomo reSamariya kunonamata Mwari, as avo vanomunamata vachamunamata muMweya nemuzvokwadi. Imi tutururu tande Naijeriya mese nanaMorgino. Vana vangu vanopera nekushaiwa zivo, Mporofita Jeremaya anodaro wani. This lack of knowledge of divine matters gets you very very dead-in far away places. Shame.

Shame - 25 September 2014

This was simply a case of carrying out construction work without following the Code of Practice for Structural Safety of Buildings. This soothsayer has cost lives now. This should serve as a lesson to all gullible people of this world who would "kill" for these soothsayers. Let it be a lesson to all the Makandiwa/Magaya/Mudzanire/TB Joshua followers that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. NOT these soothsayers. Remember that you can get salvation and or/deliverance wherever you are. You do not need to fly all the way to a wizard in Nigeria to get salvation. Your salvation is the reason why Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. Do not perish for the lack of knowledge!!!

Zimbo - 25 September 2014

SAMAITA NA MASCARA VANODA KUTURIKWA MAOKO PAMUSORO VATENDEUKE

TENDEUKAI - 25 September 2014

1. to THE FAMILIES AFFECTED .... may the HOLY SPIRIT comfort you as HE is the comforter . 2. To Prophet TB Joshua May God be your rock and strong tower 3. To the Zimbabwean Journalists to inform is to empower and pliz use reliable source of information without bias . 4.To the Reader : Do not believe everything written by humans coz u end up puting judgements and emotions unnecessarily 5.GOD BLESS YOU ALL

tafadzwa - 25 September 2014

ha ha ha ha.... We love our Prophet TB Joshua, he is a true man of God. Even Paul was jailed still he remained man of God, Steven was stoned to death but still he remained a man of God.... the test of a true man of God is the level of challenges... at one time Paul was prayed for by fellow brethrens... We are judging whilst we have our own logs... Let us not talk issues that we do not know. God is in control. This is a situation,,, thus only God was aware of take note the Son of Man once said only the Father knows time.... so a Prophet speaks the Word from God its not by his desires... I guess God did this for a purpose so that we learn that when Prophet TB Joshua speaks he is speaking God's mind not his mind...

Bitso - 26 September 2014

Tsvangirayi would be a quazi president for TB Joshua if he were to become Zim president. TB Joshua is a con man Full Stop. Maybe Tsvangison will see diesel pouring from a rock like Mugabe if he becomes prez Ha Ha

Johnny k - 26 September 2014

those who don wanna hear T.B Joshua's words, just stop. i will personally continue

tsitsi - 26 September 2014

inga henyu makakomborerwa munesimba rekutonga vamwe pasi pezuva munoziva zvisiri zvamwari imi muriwo venyama regai mwari vagotonga ndivo muridzi wazvose

kamz - 27 September 2014

tb Joshua according to me is a true man of god vanhu tinoona nekufunga zvakasiyana politician ibasa no feelings attached tsvangs is nt a prez bt hez making a living out of it vakubilieviswa naye well maonero avo but the truth is hapana change inoitika ndofunga makazvionawo pa g n u hanzi na tsvangs ma civil servant moda\ mari toiwanepi ko akaita president achaiwanepi. if he is anonzwira tsitsi vanhu vekunedzimwe nyika ko vake akaregerei kuvanzwira tsitsi

arnold - 28 September 2014

Its a pity that some people like to talk, but i want to warn you, do not ever talk bad about man of God you might bring curse to yourself. Leave it like that he is not God he's just a servant of God. If God did not reveal the accident to him its not a sin, God knows why it happens like that. Dont blame him, you wont know how God did his work, God does not work the human way. Let's cry with hope that our country might not falls in such a tragedy, as the situation on ground, all in not well in Zimbabwe, anything can happen, check stranded people in Harare, with no solution insight, those are not happy and are too many.

basviri - 29 September 2014

By their fruits u will see them.i told u to leave these devil drunk prophets alone and u persisted.let the meat roast it self .

benard - 30 September 2014

Thank u Bitso.Why can't we really attack God for sending his son to be killed&crucified by evil human beings?Clearly,God has his own way of doing things even to prophets. Of course I may choose not to believe TB Jopshua's prophecies but he is just a simple man of God like anybody else.TB Joshua never boasted of his prophetic powers!! Why hate him??

SEKAUREMA - 2 October 2014

It is very difficult to come up with a clear comprehensive answer as to who is a prophet or not.While others are staging media events claiming are healing people,they even go further conniving with the so-called sick people just to create publicity material with an impact.Healers just heal anywhere they go they dont need only to do it with the media available.People have to be careful and learn the difference between prophecy and magic

carson Macate - 2 October 2014

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