‘De­sist from giv­ing di­vi­sive prophe­cies’

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY - Re­li­gion Re­porter

A PROM­I­NENT faith healer has called upon tra­di­tional and faith heal­ers to de­sist from giv­ing di­vi­sive prophe­cies amid re­ports that some cou­ples are di­vorc­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing coun­sel from spir­i­tual lead­ers.

The call was made by Madz­ibaba Gamba (Martin Madzura), a Harare-based tra­di­tional and faith healer, who is also the Kundiso Apos­tolic Faith Church leader.

“Af­ter con­sult­ing tra­di­tional and faith heal­ers, some fam­ily mem­bers no longer see eye-to-eye. Fam­i­lies are be­ing di­vided and some fam­ily mem­bers fight, maim and kill each other af­ter visit­ing heal­ers. Some cou­ples are break­ing up af­ter be­ing coun­selled by heal­ers,” he said.

Madz­ibaba Gamba, who op­er­ates from a shrine in Budiriro, cas­ti­gated those preach­ing the gospel of retri­bu­tion.

“We have, in our midst, those that are call­ing for re­venge and are not em­brac­ing the prin­ci­ples of for­give­ness. The Bi­ble com­mands us to for­give and for­get,” said the 34-year-old.

He said retri­bu­tion should never be in the phys­i­cal form.

“Spir­i­tual wars should never be spilled into the phys­i­cal form. They must be fought in the spir­i­tual realm. In my case, I coun­sel my clients and tell them that de­spite the dif­fer­ences, they are still fam­ily and should for­give each other and move on,” said the Rusape-born healer.

How­ever, Madz­ibaba Gamba be­lieves in the “back to sen­der” doc­trine.

“Like I said ear­lier, re­venge must never be in the phys­i­cal form. In my case, those that send evil spir­its to oth­ers might end up be­ing bit­ten by mys­te­ri­ous bees whilst oth­ers can men­stru­ate non-stop un­til they come to me. I will then re­verse the pun­ish­ment,” he said.

Among those that flock to Madz­ibaba’s shrine are prom­i­nent busi­ness peo­ple, ven­dors and those hav­ing prob­lems in their mar­riages. Il­le­gal min­ers, bet­ter known as mako­rokoza, also seek pow­ers to op­er­ate in the sen­si­tive gold min­ing sec­tor.

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