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Mutumwa Mwazha soldiers on at 99

By Fatima Bulla

Last Saturday, just after lunch hour, I arrived at Ndarikure where the Apostolic African Church led by Mutumwa Paul Mwazha was hosting its three day Holy Communion gathering.

Archbishop Ernest Paul Mwazha
Archbishop Ernest Paul Mwazha

The Holy Communion was for followers from Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.

As soon as I got space to squeeze myself on the ground in the midst of a sea of white-garmented women, with the aim of hiding my black and floral colours which I am told conflict with the spirit of the church leader, my eyes started roving in search of the revered man.

A middle-aged woman, cluing in on what I was doing, asked: “Did you see Mutumwa?” Upon shaking my head, she directed me to a shed where the 99-year-old church leader sat in a chair.

All the while testimonies, were pouring out of how God had used this man to change lives. Others took the opportunity to ask Mutumwa Mwazha to pray for them.

“My child disappeared in 2015 and I am yet to know where to locate my child. I am pouring out my heart to you so that you can assist me that I can find peace as you did before when I faced sickness,” said one desperate father.

Another said, “I was once mentally ill and I got well through your help. Now my problem is me and my wife we do not have a child. So we are requesting that the sent of God pray for us that we may bear children.”

Mutumwa Mwazha shook the man’s hand and told him to shake his wife’s hand in turn. Then he told the couple to return to their seating places because their prayer had already been answered.

Apparently, this was a first in a church that is renowned to be a congregation of firsts. “Before he prayed for the couples by laying his hands on them.  ‘‘This is a first that he shook the man’s hand and ordered him to also shake his wife’s hand,” said an elder. The testimonies continued.

“I have lost most of my siblings. We were seven but we are now only two. I would like to thank God for fighting for me against the spirit of death. I would like to thank God that even my husband is now part of the church.

“Now I am asking God to restore the wealth we lost during my sickness. I have come to receive life and riches lost due to sickness,” one woman asked of Mutumwa Mwazha. The beared church leader told her it was done.

Every time Mutumwa Mwazha affirmed “it is done”, women ululated and men clapped. At some point, the women broke into song and the men joined them on their feet.

After the service, men and women remained separated. No intimacy is allowed, and buying and selling are taboo until the end of the Sabbath.

One of the most popular items on sale were pictures of Mutumwa Mwazha. A woman I spoke to said she always had a passport size picture of Mutumwa Mwazha in her doek, while another said their leader visited her in her dreams.

Even in their prayers, Mutumwa Mwazha is mentioned prominently.

“Answer me God and assist me to realise my desires just as you sent Mutumwa Mwazha to bring peace on this earth,” a lady prayed. Born Mamvura Mwazha in 1918 at Holy Cross Mission in Chirumanzu, the African Apostolic Church leader is said to have succumbed to influenza the same year, as told in a book titled “Kutumwa kwaPaul Mwazha”.

After his death, the books says — following Catholic doctrine — Baby Mamvura was taken through benediction and renamed Paul. He is said to have resurrected at that point.

In 1932 it is said he had a dream he was standing behind the altar in the temple. He saw a huge stone with a tree growing out of it and right through the roof.

At the moment, he heard a voice saying, “Behold I am coming down from Heaven to speak to you face to face.”

“Right then I saw a white man who looked different in appearance from humans and was physically strong, coming down the tree. At that point I ran to the altar saying, ‘Yah I have recognised you, you are Satan. I grabbed him with my two hands, lifted him and hit him against the wall of the temple, then he died there and then. I saw the temple being filled with people wearing white garments,” an excerpt from the book said. In 1940, he had a vision about the creation of a new Africa.

Years later in the late 1950s, he says he heard the voice of God from Heaven saying, “The African Apostolic Church,Vapostora veAfrica.”

And in 1959 plans to form the African Apostolic Church got underway.

Mutumwa Mwazha lost his wife Mrs Joyce Mwazha in April this year. Sunday Mail

  • Still walking fit and strong at the age of 99,that is Jehovah who is doing that in him

  • va Mugabe vanosvikako ku zana ikoko

  • Rather its The African Apostolic Church not the other way round

  • Rather its The African Apostolic Church not the other way round

  • Is it for Africa only as the name suggests

  • Is it for Africa only as the name suggests

  • Wiseman Mtandwa is Roman Catholic church for Rome as the name suggests???

  • Wiseman Mtandwa is Roman Catholic church for Rome as the name suggests???

  • Aah baba Mwazha don’t allow his congregants to watch tv but at his house is like 6 satellite dishes facing every direction

  • Aah baba Mwazha don’t allow his congregants to watch tv but at his house is like 6 satellite dishes facing every direction

    • Have u been to his house?

    • usanyepera vanhu iwe wakambopasvika here

    • Lol u think I would just write what I think here??

    • Urikunyepa ,pamba pake hapana ma satellite dishes

    • Plus kusaona TV kunoita kuti munhu asaende kudenga here or kuona kwacho,pane zvimwe zvinhu zvisina basa

    • Uyu anonyepa uyu haatonyare pano

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      Not only that. We used to drop by and say hello. Now there is a huge security fence and guards kuita kunge Fort Knox. This guy is a fraud big time. When he started talking about no TV watching, banning cellphones (that one was quickly shot down), dresses without flower patterns, etc that’s when I knew we have another faker on our hands. My parents still go but I quit a long time ago. Besides, religion is the opium for the masses. How can he support that goblin who has reduced our lives to neanderthal levels and still say munhu waMwari? Churches must be at the forefront of confronting injustice not kupihwa mapurazi and cars and partake in the looting of our land in exchange for votes. Tibvirei apa. If he has powers to heal and make people get jobs how come there is so much unemployment and he couldn’t heal his wife?

  • Akawona mwari

  • Akawona mwari

  • Africa yedu!

  • Africa yedu!

  • Kkkkkk kunyepa haana 99 yrs uyoooo nyeperanai ,, ,,,,,,, hanzi akaona mwari zvombonzi akaenda kudenga imii muchando tongwa ne n’anga dzenyu ,, idzi , ,

  • He looks 70 something to me.whats his secret.?? africa yedu !!!

  • My grandfather is 104 yrs. So long life is just a precious gift from God regardless of your sins.

  • The fact is Paul Mwazha Mutumwa waMwari chaiye akatumwa na Jesu,nyika haigoni kuzvigamchira nokuti hayizvizivi

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      Out of all 7B of us iye chete akatumwa from some dusty village in Africa? Iwe Mwari wacho wakamuona and what’s his story? Don’t be gullible mhani. Why are you wallowing in poverty if he was there to help the poor? Religion nembanje hazvina kusiyana shuwa.

  • Kkkkkkk divine wava kupinda panzvimbo isiri yako uno mupupurira wavakuzviita mwari here ,,,,anoziva zvakavanzika ndimwari kwete iwe ,,,,,, kunyange vaakasarudza chaivo vakamuramba wani ,,,wozoti ,,,,dai church yazoendeswa kumarare edzimhosva here tikakuidza isu unozoti tinovenga bt kwete

  • Divine you are confused 😖

  • Africa yedu uuuuu

  • He is a true man of God

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      And where does this god live? Mars, Jupiter? Imika musanyepere vanhu mhani. Like Bob Marley said, it’s all machine to make money. Mwazha is laughing all the way to the bank.