Pas­tor held for Mugabe fore­cast

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - PETA THORNYCROFT

HARARE: A Zim­babwe pas­tor who pre­dicted that Pres­i­dent Robert Mugabe would die on Oc­to­ber 17 has been ar­rested.

Pa­trick Mu­gadza said he was ar­rested on Mon­day at the Harare Mag­is­trate’s Court. The fa­ther of two has been ar­rested sev­eral times for var­i­ous protests against Mugabe and the gov­ern­ment.

“Po­lice ar­rested me right at the door when I was com­ing out of the court. Right now I am at (Harare) cen­tral po­lice sta­tion for the prophecy I gave that the pres­i­dent will die in Oc­to­ber.

“They say I have un­der­mined the au­thor­ity of the pres­i­dent though they have not for­mally charged me. I have not seen any­one yet save for ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers,” Mu­gadza told NewZim­

The pas­tor was due to be tried on Mon­day for wrap­ping the na­tional flag around his neck in a one-man protest in cen­tral Harare last week.

His prophecy, he said, came be­cause 2017 was a “very spe­cial year, be­cause of the num­ber seven and at the same time also 2017 col­lides with 37 years by which Zanu-PF has been rul­ing this beau­ti­ful na­tion of Zim­babwe, but some­thing is go­ing to be hap­pen­ing also, which is very crit­i­cal for us to know”.

He said God spoke to him after Christ­mas and told him that Mugabe would die on Oc­to­ber 17 this year.

“It is not to say that I am glad to an­nounce this but, I am just say­ing it be­cause that’s what God told me.”

So far po­lice have not re­sponded to ques­tions about the pas­tor’s ar­rest. Late on Mon­day, so­cial me­dia ac­tivists in Harare said they un­der­stood the pas­tor was still at Harare Cen­tral.

Ma­gadza, who leads a small con­gre­ga­tion in Harare, had also been ar­rested after he trav­elled to Vic­to­ria Falls and staged a one-man demon­stra­tion out­side the ho­tel where Mugabe and 6 000 del­e­gates met for the rul­ing party’s an­nual con­fer­ence. He said noth­ing but held up a poster on which he had writ­ten: “Mr Pres­i­dent, the peo­ple are suf­fer­ing.”

He was ar­rested out­side the ho­tel and taken to the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion where he was charged with cre­at­ing a “crim­i­nal nui­sance”, but could not af­ford to pay his bail.

He was even­tu­ally res­cued by Zim­babwe Lawyers for Hu­man Rights after 16 days in prison. – For­eign Ser­vice


‘GOD TOLD ME’: Pas­tor Pa­trick Mu­gadza has pre­dicted that Pres­i­dent Robert Mugabe will die on Oc­to­ber 17.


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