Mugabe, generals collide over prophet

President Robert Mugabe was reportedly livid on Friday after spending several hours in a closed-door meeting with members of an apostolic sect where he was briefed about the alleged involvement of senior army officials in an internal dispute tearing one of the largest churches in Mashonaland Central apart.

Everson Mushava


Mugabe was in the province to address Zanu PF factionalism, but the case of the abduction of Vadzidzi VaJesu Apostolic Church founder, 94-year-old Aaron Mhukuta took most of his time.

The 92-year-old leader was forced to address a rally that was scheduled for the afternoon at Chipadze Stadium in the evening after the meeting with the members of the sect dragged for several hours.

Mhukuta, also known as Mudzidzi Wimbo, was allegedly abducted by church zealots who were reportedly helped by some top military officials.

At the rally, Mugabe lashed out at soldiers, saying they should desist from using guns to force people to act against their will in a free Zimbabwe.

He chronicled how the soldiers had ruthlessly attacked Mudzidzi Wimbo’s son, chief superintend Gadjwet (Gomo) Mhukuta who tried to free his father from the shrine where he was being held hostage by his assistants.

“Guns cannot lead the party. The party is bigger than the gun. We want this to be known. Others from the military might have forgotten this. We should not deploy soldiers to harass our people,” Mugabe told the Zanu PF supporters.

He said people should desist from using the army and police to destabilise people for their selfish ends.

Wimbo is well-known for his prophesy in 1957 that independent Zimbabwe would be led by a man with the name of an angel, Gabriel, which came to pass when Mugabe became the first post-colonial leader in 1980.

Well-placed sources yesterday said the developments had taken a political turn and Mugabe had to intervene after Gadjwet pleaded with him.

The sources said the issue had taken a Zanu PF succession angle and sucked in the military, which is reportedly backing Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa’s bid to succeed Mugabe.

The shrine had virtually been turned into an army barrack, the sources said, and also had a training camp inside for the national youth service.

Gadjwet, the sources said, was attacked because he along with one of his brothers were first accused of supporting former vice-president Joice Mujuru, and then the G40 faction in Zanu PF after the ouster of the Zimbabwe People First leader.

The saga has allegedly sucked in Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander general Constantine Chiwenga and major general Douglas Nyikayaramba, a chief of staff in the army.

Nyikayaramba is reportedly a member of the church and an alleged Mnangagwa loyalist, while Chiwenga is reported to have frequented the shrine but has not acted on the presence of the soldiers.

According to the sources, things started going wrong at Mudzidzi Wimbo’s shrine when his six assistants allegedly killed a Gwanda prophet, Jacob Zifungo, a former police officer at the “holy site” in March 2014.

The six were arrested and are on bail but things got to a head when Mudzidzi Wimbo’s sons ordered them not to set their foot at the shrine, accusing them of being murderers.

The six, with the alleged help of soldiers, then allegedly abducted Mudzidzi Wimbo and ordered his children never to set foot at the shrine.

“For close to two years now, Madzibaba Wimbo’s children have not met their father,” one of the church members who declined to be named said.

“Gadjwet went to the shrine to try to rescue his father but was beaten by six soldiers who are now facing murder charges.

“The police came to try to rescue Gadjwet under the command of a Mt Darwin dispol, one Mugonda, but they were overpowered by the soldiers.

“This forced Mudzidzi Wimbo’s daughters led by Spentula Gomo to storm the shrine to try to rescue their brother, but they were also bashed.”

The source added: “One of Wimbo’s sons, a professor of Immunology, Exnevia Gomo, called Nyikayaramba who is also a church member.

“He was in Murehwa but in one and half hours, he was at the shrine. But surprisingly, instead of helping the battered superintendent, he gave orders to the soldiers who were in the shrine to disperse the people who were demanding to get into the shrine to rescue Gadjwet.

“The soldiers fired in the air to disperse the angry villagers. In no time, soldiers put on their army regalia and started toy-toying around the shrine, threatening the angry villagers. There is no way Nyikayaramba can be distanced from the developments at the shrine,” the source said.

During the early stages of the problem, Mudzidzi Wimbo’s children reportedly approached Mnangagwa’s office for help. They were assisted by the vice-president’s secretary who tried to bring out the zealots, holding Mudzidzi Wimbo hostage.

They were reportedly led by Zex Pamacheche, Shephard Chingwena and one army colonel. Efforts to reconcile the warring factions failed to achieve results and exactly a month after the efforts, Mudzidzi Wimbo was abducted.

“A month after Mudzidzi Wimbo’s abduction, Mnangagwa visited the shrine. His visit did not resolve the problem. The prophet allegedly said the VP needed a lot of help,” said a source.

Mnangagwa was filmed performing rituals at Wimbo’s shrine.

10 Responses to Mugabe, generals collide over prophet

  1. fresh July 10, 2016 at 6:23 am #

    Gadjwet,Spentula and Exnevia

  2. Obert July 10, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    These appostols haa why they dont ask him about 15b if god give us guys as man of him umm is this leader stil want 2 rule at 92 shame zim leats work up the way he think does not matche our genaration smith laws he is putting 2 us umm

  3. Zvichapera July 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    So I get it now. Why Mugabe was in Chipadze, Bindura. I know this thug and all along I did not comment as I was wondering why he went to Bindura. Now I know. Each time something happens, Mugabe would like to consult medium spirits and the so called prophets. He is a coward. Now he appeared interested in settling Madzibaba Wimbo predicament, when in fact he wanted to consult the prophet. He also met some medium spirits and that is the reason why he also delayed in addressing the rally. The whole Bindura trip was for selfish interest, the trip was never intended for a rally, it was for consulting the medium spirits and prophets. Let me communicate to this 92 years old guy that no so called prophet or Mbuya Nehanda medium spirits can rescue thieves. He will be misled, the same way he was told that diesel was coming from a Chinhoyi rock. The endgame is in full swing.

  4. Doctor July 10, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    Mugabe & his cronies are just heading for disaster. In this day and age, he still consults spirit mediums? Selfish bastard. He has indeed been shaken by the protests taken place. He is indeed being mislead by these false prophets.

  5. changara July 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Gadjwet, Spentula and Exnevia. Are these holy names or……..?????

    • Galdencia July 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Gadjwet, Spentula and Exnevia…meaning…Gadjwet means Graduate, Spentula… Spatula a medical apparatus so they wanted him/her to become one….Exnevia…NO BLINKING IDEA maybe izita rakabva kungirozi

  6. We are doomed July 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    So the highest authorities in the government, army, and police are under the spell of this mystical Mudzidzi Wimbo character? No wonder why all seems to go wrong in this country.

    God help us.

  7. Stailoji P July 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    dai varegaa kuvhiringidza VaMIGS pavariiii sekutiii vane basaa guruu kuvanhu Vatema

  8. ntokozo ndlovu July 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    zwenyama zwichaperera MAGINESTA MIGS ichaita kuda kwayo

  9. Ifanosi A Nhidza July 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    This story is funny. Who was abducted here, Gadjwet or the 94 year old Prophet?

    President Mugabe was in Bindura just last week, that is known, but how he is linked to the story shocks reasonableness.

    VP Mnangagwa is also alleged to have visited the so-called shrine over a year ago, how again he is linked to the story boggles the mind.

    Mai Mujuru was sacked from ZPF over two years ago, but again it seems she is involved. When then did the alleged abduction take place!

    In any event, if indeed there was ever any such unfortunate incident which purportedly happened before VP Mnangagwa’s visit and Mai Mujuru’s demise, it is something that should have happened over two years back. Gadjwet should have at least reported the matter to the nearest police station so that at least there could be some basis of this pierce of journalism. As it is the story is too bald to be news, especially given the fact that there are people who are implicated in the alleged abduction, but no comments where ever sought from them.

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