Chiwenga fears for his life

HARARE - Controversial preacher Talent Chiwenga — known for his uncanny prophecies about the country’s political situation — now fears for his life after Vice President Constantino Chiwenga issued a stern warning against him for attacking the national leadership.

In a video recording, the clergyman who claims to be cousin to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s second-in-command, prophesied recently that two senior government officials will lose their lives.

He went on to allege that the vice president, who is on sick leave after falling ill with an undisclosed ailment, was not fit for office.

In his latest recording, the man of cloth gave a narration of how he was forcibly interrogated and threatened by security officials in Hwedza, where Christians had gathered over the weekend to pray with the vice president at his rural homestead.

“… I now fear for the lives of my children, my wife and those that I work with. If I die today, people of the world I want you (to) know, this is the reason why I am going to die,” said the cleric.

“The vice president has got so many resources at his disposal, I may die through an accident, I may be shot dead, I may be poisoned, I may disappear, like Itai Dzamara disappeared. I am not saying the vice president is the one behind the disappearance of ...Dzamara, I am simply mentioning the name of .. Dzamara because he also disappeared, because he also criticised a government that feels it is invincible, it is unquestionable to the people that it governs.

“I don’t believe that should be the case sir, this is a democratic country and you have also been on record, insulting other people, insulting other politicians and nobody has said anything about it, because maybe they were afraid of you,” Talent said.

Talent came to prominence after a series of pre-elections predictions where he claimed the election would be rigged and that a number of senior officials linked to the November 2017 coup would die in quick succession.

He said he did not fear Chiwenga but respected him and was not afraid of dying for speaking what God would have told him.

Last week, Chiwenga launched a scathing attack on Talent describing him as a fake prophet who is bent on criticising his elders using God’s name.

“There are others who are now calling themselves prophets,” said VP Chiwenga. “Aripo uyo anonzi ani, (there is someone called) Talent (Muzuva). That should come to an end today. Zvatoperera pano (It’s over from now). We don’t have that culture where one moves around attacking leaders under the guise of preaching the word of God. God does not say move around attacking other people,” Chiwenga said.

However, Talent said he loved the vice president as his brother, but was against some of the actions by government such as chartering former first lady Grace Mugabe a plane to travel to Zimbabwe from Singapore for her mother’s funeral and the killing of at least six people during the post-election violence.

He said he still maintained this was improper, considering that thousands of people are suffering.

“Now, when he said Talent Muzuva on Sunday, I knew he was talking about me, because Muzuva is my father’s name and Guvheya is his father’s name and our fathers are brothers, blood brothers, same father, Chiwenga is not his personal name, Chiwenga is a family name. The one who was called Chiwenga is our grandfather. So, maybe he was not willing to use the name Chiwenga because he also uses it, but I know that so many people are confused, they do want to know what is happening and the reason why I am making this public statement, it is because I feel that my life is in danger, not only because of what he is doing, but most importantly because of what happened to me on Saturday,” he said.

Talent said he is ready to die for speaking the truth, however, he begged his cousin not to harm his wife and children, claiming this was a family issue that needed to be dealt with privately.

“If he says he doesn’t know me he would be lying; I have met with him more than twice, more than thrice. In my life, I have spoken to him even over the phone, even his wife… knows us, me and my wife. We have gone to see her at her offices because this is a family issue. But if I feel that my life is in danger and the life of my wife and children, I cannot keep silent while the vice president uses all the resources that are at his disposal,” he said.

Responding to the cleric, deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi said while government respects the right to freedom of expression as enshrined in Section 61 of the Constitution, one needs not to infringe into other people’s rights and liberties when exercising his or her own right.

“There is also freedom of worship and freedom of association. However, one needs not to infringe into other people’s rights and liberties when exercising his or her own right,” said Mutodi.

“If you are preaching to your church and you are a pastor or religious leader, you certainly do not want to call names of political leaders and denigrate them as if you were a leader of a rival political party. That is wrong”.

Section 51 of the Constitution states that every person has inherent dignity in their private or public life, and the right to have that dignity respected and protected.

Section 57 (e) of the Constitution goes further to give citizens the right to privacy and forbids anyone from disclosing another person’s health condition.

“So when you call out the name of a whole vice president in the streets and purport to disclose his health condition, you really act outside the law. Such behaviour constitutes high levels of disrespect and may arouse public anger and disorder, considering that politicians have supporters who follow them.

“So our position as government is that the pastor needs to be called to order and desist from infringing into other people’s rights. He is free to form a political party or to join already existing ones and must not hide under the church to further his own political ambitions or beliefs,” Mutodi.

Comments (11)

Ndedzemudanga rega dzitungane iwe Mutodi siya zvakadero.

Jola - 25 October 2018

Is it a coincidence, or GOD's doing that at the very moment ACIE LUMUMBA is "spilling the beans" on one side, TALENT CHIWENGA is also collaborating on the other? If it is from GOD ALMIGHTY, it might be the beginning of the "Biblical concurrence of THE PHARAOH's plagues

Is She refered to as Dr right now? - 25 October 2018

Pastor or what ever you call yourself..Prophet..you are just useless yourself..Why didn't you call or visit your cousin or advice him privately so that your cousin brother Cde VIP Chiwenga can understand your so called prophecy. To me you behaved so weird and stupid because its like you want famous out of it. You are a family and why doing it so publicly. You are so daft and dull because you are seeking fame and attention. Deal you issues as family members. You are a fake prophet indeed. Even if you were to be killed by those soldiers...who cares since its you own family. Go to hell ok...VIP Chiwenga is damn correct because hauna hunhu. Why didn't you visit or advice your family member about that. Daft and dull indeed. You are a fake and stupid Prophet indeed. Ifa and who cares.. Family matters are your family matters idiot.

Clemence Tashaya - 25 October 2018

Pastor you showed a lack of maturity. Your family issues are best dealt in private and not publicly. You are just trying to get milage and a "political asylum visa" overseas claiming you will suffer persecution. You have been denigrating other pastors and churches during so services and so called preaching. If God has called you to do so why should you be worried. In the bible Prophet Jeremiah was jailed, John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded, Paul was imprisoned several times, John boiled in oil on the island of Patmos - persecution is part of the Christian but please do not turn family issues into public spats. We all have issues with family members but with God's love and led by the Holy Spirit we handle them with patience, respect, tact, forgiveness and prayer knowing God is in control - only He can change people and the situation for the better when we submit to Him.

Daniel 5 - 25 October 2018

The sovereign Lord does nothing except he revealeth to his servants the prophets . Time will tell , if God has spoken , what the man of God has declared will come to pass ,There is nothing new under the sun, True prophetes have been riddiculed , flogged and killed for delivering the true message of God , but they don`t fear those who kill the flesh but cannot kill the soul .

cde Justice - 25 October 2018

If someone say he is ready to die for what he believes is true and Godly how can you say he fear to day? In the video he said he is not afraid even if he were to die today or tomorrow for his prophecies. So how can you say he fear to die??? Fake news even to the newspaper that used to be trusted.

Joey Hove mamvura - 26 October 2018

To the Pastor, speaking something in the streets does not mean communication. Surely if you have a message from God for the VP, there are dignified ways of conveying the message. You are in trouble with your prophecies because you were careless with them, from the bible the likes of Elija were in trouble with their prophecies so you are not the first and the last. Finally, remember the VP as much as he is a public figure, he has rights as well on his personal life.

Munya - 26 October 2018

imi regai zvakadaro zvitsva ndezvipi apa zvakagara zvakadaro. zve hwedza kuhwedza kana iyewo vp kutaurawo paruzhinji vese havana kukwana

spencer nyika - 26 October 2018

Your speech is void of love and seems full of hatred for your cousin Prophet. The Bible teaches that the greatest of all commandments is love. It even stress that kunyangwe ukataura nendimi dzevatumwa usina rudo hausi chiro pamberi paMwari. If you were in the shoes of your cousin would you have welcomed publishing of such a prophesy? As you are a man of God we would expect universal love from you and even intercession for your ill cousin.Yet you seem to be celebrating his misfortune. Chete vamwari vatinonamata vakasiyana. Sorry for thinking kutiMwari mumwechete

Esinath Manyani - 26 October 2018

Cde Justice read your bible correctly. Those prophets who were persecuted or ridiculed in the bible did not speak on rooftops or mountains to a king when they had an message from God for them. They went to see the recipient of the message in person. What this boy did was stupid, silly and immature. That was just a publicity stunt to gain fame and popularity at the expense of someone. Besides true prophecies were specific not guesswork or fembera fembera yembavha idzi dziri kuhwanda nekubira vanhu nebhaiheri. Why be afraid then when you know kuti God has sent you? Is your God not able to protect His messenger? He is afraid because he knows kuti hazvina kubva kuna Mwari zvaakataura.

gee hellaz - 26 October 2018

the fact that you ridiculed the vice president infront of everyone shows that you have some sort of imaturity. if he is family why didnt you go do it face to face with him, tell him how you feel and the vison you saw that came directly from God. All i know is that anything from God is spiritual and it means well and does not bring shame to anyone. the need fame causes people to do things that are shameful in the eyes of the Almighty. therefore pastor i agree with everyone on this platform that you were looking for fame and also you wanted to be fully recognised by the opuplic which was something you did in a wrong way.

unknown - 26 October 2018

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