Mnangagwa in bizarre apostolic rites

HARARE - As the Zanu PF war to succeed President Robert Mugabe escalates, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was at the weekend caught up in bizarre church rituals in Mt Darwin, where a popular prophet told the gathered crowd that the VP needed help to ascend to the presidency.

The VP visited the revered Madzibaba Wimbo shrine after going to Mashonaland Central on Saturday, ostensibly to help raise funds for a new school there.

He was subsequently told by the mysterious 92-year-old prophet, Madzibaba Wimbo —who is also known as Mudzidzi Majinesta — that he needed much prayer and assistance to succeed Mugabe. The Daily News crew witnessed all the proceedings having gained entry pretending to be congregants.

Wimbo is pivotal in Zanu PF’s fractious succession politics as he is said to have predicted in 1957 that Mugabe would lead the country in 1980. His multitude of avid followers also believe that he knows Mugabe’s successor, although he has not yet definitively pronounced on this.


Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa performs rituals at an apostolic shrine.

And so, it was amid much excitement and anticipation on the extremely hot day that the frail nonagenarian prophet suddenly rose from his seat and directed Mnangagwa to follow him around the shrine — even though Wimbo had initially said that he was neither going to speak nor perform any duties — and started to prophesy with fervent intensity.

Wimbo walked with so much difficulty, that it required two men to support him as he hobbled around the grounds, with Mnangagwa in tow, and as many of his followers, seemingly overcome by the occasion and the spectacle, went into trances.

Speaking through an interpreter, Wimbo said, “Anoda kubatsirwa, angazvigona seiko ari oga. Handizive kuti ndoita zvipiko. Vari kunditeera nditeverei  nekuno (Mnangagwa needs help as he can’t do anything on his own. I don’t know what I should do to help him).

As he spoke, his followers roared with many — dressed in pink, white, sky blue and light green garments — speaking in indecipherable tongues.

However, and rather anticlimactically, the prophecy was brief and inconclusive, leaving the crowds in what appeared to be painful suspense. According to legend, Wimbo prophesied in 1957 that independent Zimbabwe would be ruled by a man carrying the name of the angel Gabriel, which came to pass in April 1980 with Mugabe — whose middle name is Gabriel — becoming the nation’s prime minister.

And with Mugabe now in the twilight of his life and long political career, the church’s followers are convinced that their leader will soon reveal the country’s future leader — a view that some Zanu PF bigwigs appear to believe.

With deadly factional and succession wars ripping the post-congress Zanu PF apart, Wimbo’s pronouncement on the next leader of the country has become even more sought-after, hence the excitement when he hosted Mnangagwa.

In the meantime, Wimbo’s church is also wracked by debilitating fights, with his three wives and children estranged from him and only following him from the safety of their houses as they say they are afraid of the sect’s violent congregants whom they accuse of having kidnapped Wimbo.

“We did not attend the visit by the VP because we did not want to take risks because the people surrounding Mudzidzi these days are murderous.

“We only hope that they allowed him time with the VP because we are sure that he would have told the VP that he wants to come back home to his family,” Exnevia Gomo, one of the sons — a University of Zimbabwe-trained medical doctor — told the Daily News.

Wimbo’s family also alleges that some members of the church murdered a fellow church follower, Jacob Zifungo, on March 16, 2014, in connivance with Wimbo’s fourth wife, in a desperate bid to wrestle control of the church, and allegedly also using Mnangagwa’s name.

The murder suspects, who are currently on bail, in turn accuse Wimbo’s children of supporting deposed former Vice President Joice Mujuru, in a move that has baffled many followers.

In a country bedevilled by tumultuous political wars, religion is often a source of strength, and at times the means to power for many politicians.

Mugabe himself has often donned white apostolic sect garments in moves that have strengthened the position of religion in national politics.

Observers told the Daily News that it was thus unsurprising that his under-fire deputy walked the same path when he visited Wimbo’s shrine on Saturday.

“When I was invited here, my King, President Robert Mugabe, had gone out to the United Nations so I did not reply because I wanted to get clearance first. So, I called him in New York (United States) and told him about the invitation.

“I said to him the church plans to build a school and with your love for education, I  hope you view it in that light without suspecting that I am up to no good . So will you allow me to go and be with them?

“And he duly cleared me to come, hence I am here with you,” the gushing Mnangagwa told Wimbo’s followers.

“When he came back I reminded him that I would be coming here and he gave me his blessings and said I should pass his regards to you.

“To the prophet I say to you, truly, truly speaking, there is only one prophet at a time and we have a prophet in you,” he added.

Sadly, there was not to be a profound political prophesy on Saturday, as many of Mnangagwa’s followers may have hoped.


 

Comments (19)

Shame VP you are seeking divine intervention...what of the skeletons in your cupboard?? This fake belief in God will not help you. You are finished mate..your time is up. Very soon you will visit a sangoma and many other so called prophets, that will not help you.

garikayi - 6 October 2015

HOGWASH

Tengenenge - 6 October 2015

Time to get real. Resorting to openly using the churches, prophets or spirit mediums to try and establish ascendancy to the throne won't get anyone anywhere simply because people are tired of this bullshit. Mnangagwa, of all the ZANU PF contenders probably has the best credentials to lead this country but unfortunately he is lacking in one vitally essential element: POPULARITY. Are we a nation now controlled by swikiros, prophets and fortune tellers? Let us all get real and start facing the truth with honesty and courage.

Gudo - 6 October 2015

Zvaakunyadzisa manje,mukati zvenhombo ndizvo.Ko zvamaimboti nhombo hadzishande wani.The same thing that you were acussing Mujuru of is the same thing you are doing masikati machena.As Ihave said it before kuti changamire ava havasi kurara nekuda chigaro.Hezvo Wimbo aramba kukuudzai.Dai muchazotonga an. Gggg

Chibwe Chitedza - 6 October 2015

Zvaakunyadzisa manje,mukati zvenhombo ndizvo.Ko zvamaimboti nhombo hadzishande wani.The same thing that you were acussing Mujuru of is the same thing you are doing masikati machena.As Ihave said it before kuti changamire ava havasi kurara nekuda chigaro.Hezvo Wimbo aramba kukuudzai.Dai muchazotonga angadai akuudzai.Makazvinonokera chef now there are too many forces behind who are fight against you.

Chibwe Chitedza - 6 October 2015

Zvaakunyadzisa manje,mukati zvenhombo ndizvo.Ko zvamaimboti nhombo hadzishande wani.The same thing that you were acussing Mujuru of is the same thing you are doing masikati machena.As Ihave said it before kuti changamire ava havasi kurara nekuda chigaro.Hezvo Wimbo aramba kukuudzai.Dai muchazotonga angadai akuudzai.Makazvinonokera chef now there are too many forces behind fight against you.

Chibwe Chitedza - 6 October 2015

THEREFORE THIS WILL NOT BECOME PRESIDENT. ITS CLEAR WHO WILL BECOME THAT......IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID......A WOMAN.

John Moyoy - 6 October 2015

zvinonyadzisa izvi,ku maposiori hakuna rubatsiro zvinamatire woga mudhara

zet - 6 October 2015

Madzibaba Wimbo havana kutaura chokwadi kuna Ngwena. It is clear that Ngwena is not going to take reigns from RG. VaWimbo vakanyara kutaurira vaNgwena.

Radson Zulu - 7 October 2015

desperate measures shuwa!zvino Mwari havadi munhu asingareve chokwadi uye asina rudo so chero makafeka magemenzi ecream or purple,this time hamulume

slow poison - 7 October 2015

ndezvekupenga

chokupa samson - 7 October 2015

Thts a fabrication and a lie , which journalist would dare broadcast the private errands of the veteran VP

Mzet Hungwe - 7 October 2015

Nigerian N'angas Vs Wimbo Vs T.B joshua. The Quest to lead Zimbabwe rages on.

X-MAN IV - 7 October 2015

This is what "leaders" have become. Then you expect that one day Zimbabwe will be on top of the world, directing world affairs with this kind of "leadership". Believing that bones of some old mbuya will one day return to outdo Ian Smith in building the country he found to be a desolate teeming with half dressed souls tormenting each other for mombes, mbuzi and women.

RGONGO - 8 October 2015

Paita dhiziri paChinhoyi...

Patriot - 9 October 2015

A case of Desperate times requiring desperate measures. The weevils will be killing each other soon, try to succeed Mugabe. ... Regards Mapfupa Angu Achamuka !

changamire Dombo Wepiri - 9 October 2015

tinotenda Vp for your support.also thank our president for a big support and will alwayz be there by your side tichichengetedza ivhu redu

grace - 9 October 2015

VP Repent and have your sins forgiven, your hands are full of blood of many people.There is only one God in Heaven who is Jesus. All what you seek to worship and get blessings are gods who have no power.

ndabae - 12 October 2015

chitaurai tinzwe kuda kwekudenga kwazadziswa.Ndimi maiti Mnangagwa haatongi mukati amudzidzi vaMajinesita havabatsiri

giftshundure - 22 November 2017

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