Mugabe 'death pastor' freed on bail

HARARE - Cleric Phillip Mugadza, who spent more than a month behind bars after being arrested for allegedly prophesying that president Robert Mugabe will die on October 17 this year, was yesterday freed on $50 bail.

High Court judge Priscillah Chigumba ruled that there were no compelling reason warranting Mugadza’s continued incarceration.

The cleric was denied bail by the magistrate Vongai Guwuriro on January 19 on the basis that he had the propensity to commit more offences.

However, Chigumba ruled that Guwuriro had misdirected herself when she denied the Remnant Church leader bail.

“No compelling reasons have been established warranting the further detention of the accused person,” Chigumba said in her ruling.

Mugadza is being charged with insulting the Christian and African traditional religions, in a matter set down for trial on March 30.

Through his lawyer Obey Shava, he approached the High Court on appeal, after Guwiriro denied him bail.

Prosecutor Editor Mavuto had opposed the appeal, supporting Guwuriro’s ruling.

The State accuses Mugadza of causing an offence by predicting someone’s death, arguing it is taboo to do so.

“It was on the 26th of December 2016 when I was in prayer and God said to me this coming year (2017) the president is dying and he told me that he is dying on October 17, like I said earlier on that I am not happy for someone to die, but this is something that is going to happen.

“People may ask me what if he does not die, I do not know how much he believes in prayer but he has to do something about this prophecy,” Mugadza allegedly told journalists.

Mugadza is also accused of having said that the number 7 coincides with the 37 years that Zanu PF has been in power.

He is further accused of saying Mugabe would not die if he listens to him, making reference to the Biblical Hezekiah.

Mugadza allegedly said Mugabe must go public and state that he does not want to die in order to save himself from the impending death.

“I think it’s okay for him to go home. He has been ruining this beautiful nation. Zanu PF has been evil and I am not saying because I am against him. I am bitter yes, angry, but I have asked God to forgive me. What I am saying now has nothing to do about my bitterness,” he reportedly said.

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