HARARE- Zimbabwean police have described popular Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua as a false prophet as President Robert Mugabe’s supporters step up a campaign to block his visit to Harare.
TB Joshua, who angered Mugabe’s supporters when he correctly predicted the death of Malawian President Bingu waMutharika last month, was reportedly invited for a national day of prayer on May 25.
But Zanu PF supporters including high ranking government officials have voiced their opposition against the visit. They accuse Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of inviting the prophet to bolster his campaign to topple Mugabe from power.
The campaign took an unusual turn on Wednesday when senior police officers were shown a video that allegedly exposes TB Joshua as a womaniser and sorcerer. TB Joshua’s church, The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has in the past dismissed the video that has circulated on the internet for a while as fake.
Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General responsible for crime, Josephine Shambare and Senior Assistant Commissioner Nonkosi Ncube, were some of the senior officers that attended the screening of the video titled “TB Joshua’s evil doings finally revealed.”
The screening was done at the Police General Headquarters in Harare and Ncube told journalists the video was screened because “people must be aware of false prophets.”
As the police were watching the video, ex-communicated Anglican bishop and fierce Zanu (PF) supporter Nolbert Kunonga was launching an unprovoked attack on the Nigerian at his offices in Harare. He said TB Joshua’s prophecies were driven by Satanism and were “diabolic.”
Kunonga who is accused of persecuting Anglicans, violently driving them away from their places of worship, criticised the televangelist for predicting waMutharika’s death.
“It is diabolic; it is Satanism to think in terms of a person’s death,” he said. “TB Joshua uses evil powers which are satanic and satanic powers can also work. TB Joshua’s visit does not scare me because he is not God. What are people scared of? What is he coming for? Does he have power to take life?”
The Nigerian has not confirmed that he intends to visit Zimbabwe anytime soon. Radio VOP