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Zimbabwe: Pastor Remains Jailed for Prophesying Mugabe’s Death

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Patrick Mugadza (file photo).

Harare — A ZIMBABWEAN pastor who prophesied the death of President Robert Mugabe will remain behind bars for at least a week longer after a Harare court further remanded him in custody until Wednesday. Pastor Patrick Philip Mugadza of the Remnant Church in the northwestern Kariba town was arrested following his prophesy, given on January 13, that the veteran leader would die on October 17 this year.

It came a year after the churchman composed a song, “Mugabe Must Fall”, challenging him to resign. Prosecutors claimed that Mugadza allegedly insulted the Christian religion and the African tradition by uttering some words which are a taboo by predict a death. The legal counsel representing Mugadza, Obey, Shava requested that the matter be postponed while he studied the full transcribed court record that alleges the prophesy. Editor Mavuto is representing the state while High Court judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba, is presiding over the matter. In a related matter, former Mashonaland Central youth chairperson of Mugabe’s Zanu (PF), Godfrey Tsenengamu, is facing charges of subverting a constitutionally-elected government for allegedly calling on Mugabe to be removed and replaced by deputy Emerson Mnangagwa. He is also in custody. Mugabe, who turned 93 last week, is seeking re-election for another five year-term when Zimbabwe holds elections next year. He has indicated his wife Grace would take over the reins once he eventually retired.

The legal counsel representing Mugadza, Obey, Shava requested that the matter be postponed while he studied the full transcribed court record that alleges the prophesy. Editor Mavuto is representing the state while High Court judge, Justice Priscilla Chigumba, is presiding over the matter. In a related matter, former Mashonaland Central youth chairperson of Mugabe’s Zanu (PF), Godfrey Tsenengamu, is facing charges of subverting a constitutionally-elected government for allegedly calling on Mugabe to be removed and replaced by deputy Emerson Mnangagwa. He is also in custody. Mugabe, who turned 93 last week, is seeking re-election for another five year-term when Zimbabwe holds elections next year. He has indicated his wife Grace would take over the reins once he eventually retired.

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