Zimbabwean Police on Monday, January 16, 2017, arrested a Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that veteran President Robert Mugabe would die on October 17, 2017.
Speaking to the press, his lawyer said that his client – Pastor Patrick Mugadza – has prophesied on the death of President Robert Mugabe who will turn 93 years next month, saying the Zimbabwean President will die by October 17, this year.
Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugadza was arrested in the magistrate’s court in Harare, where he was appearing on separate charges for wearing the national flag and he was arrested for the prophecy he made last week over the president’s death.
Mtisi told reporters:
“He was appearing in the court on a different matter when police arrested him during a break and charged him over the prophecy.
“He was initially charged with undermining the authority of the President and the charge was later changed to insulting people of certain race or religion.”
Mugadza, who is based in the Northern resort town in Kariba, held a press conference last week where he announced that President Mugabe would die in October 2017.
Making fun or making predictions about President Robert Mugabe is a risky business in Zimbabwe because there is a law that forbids “making fun, undermining the authority or insulting the President.”
Pastor Mugadza has been on the drag by the law since 2015 when he was arrested and detained for nearly one month after holding a placard telling President Mugabe that his people were suffering under his rule.
On Independence day last year, Pastor Mugadza preached a sermon while tied to a lamppost in Harare’s main shopping mall saying that the act symbolized the lack of freedom in Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980. His health issues had been a subject of speculation as he makes frequent visits to the far East for treatment.
President Mugabe has also avoided naming a successor who will carry on with Zimbabwe leadership and his party ZANU-PF has been separated as factions emerged and each faction fighting to succeed Mugabe.
The Zimbabwean President faced series of opposition protests against his authoritarian rule last year but he still did not give up.
More to come.