In February this year T.B Joshua, who leads the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan), announced that an African leader would die within 60 days. Although he did not specify the location of the leader, Zimbabwe was abuzz with speculation given Mugabe’s ailing health and frequent trips to Singapore for treatment.
“God loves us, you should pray for one African head of state, when I say President… again the sickness that is likely to take life; sudden death, it could be sickness being in the body for a long time but God showed me the country and the place but I’m not here to say anything like that,” Joshua said in February.
On Sunday the popular prophet narrowed down the location by excluding West Africa. “What I was saying is very close now. You want to hear more, and it is very, very close now. Whether you like it or not, this is what I’ve seen. Pray for a leader. Well, God showed me everything but I’m praying to see if this thing can be changed,” Joshua said, adding he would “not say anything more than that.”
With Zimbabwe a deeply religious society, ‘prophecies’ like this have an impact and people believe in them. So shaken was ZANU PF by the initial prophecy in February, that national spokesman Rugare Gumbo was forced to react and told journalists: “It goes against tradition. You do not talk about such things. It is taboo. I do not believe in these prophecies, visions and dreams.”
Following ZANU PF’s angry reaction, Joshua’s church removed a You Tube video of the prophecy in February, further fuelling speculation.
It is on social networking sites that Mugabe and ZANU PF’s unpopularity comes out prominently. Many comments suggest blatantly that T.B Joshua is referring to Mugabe and it is quite clear many people hope the prophecy comes to pass. Although there are several ‘old’ African leaders like Michael Sata (Zambia), Eduardo Dos Santos (Angola), Paul Biya (Cameroon), Bingu Wa Mutharika (Malawi) and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Mugabe’s medical problems and trips to the Far East are well documented.
Last year leaked US diplomatic cables quoted central bank Governor Gideon Gono telling the American Ambassador that doctors had told Mugabe he had prostrate cancer and could die in 2013. SW Radio AfricaPost published in: Africa News