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Zanu PF panics over TB Joshua visit

By Wonai Masvingise

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF is panicking over Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s invitation of popular Nigerian prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua) to attend prayer meetings in the country this year.

T.B Joshua
T.B Joshua

The anxiety, reflecting in secretive efforts to “blackmail” the immigration department to deny the Lagos-based evangelist a visa should he decide to come, was exposed through a spurious state media story yesterday claiming that TB Joshua’s visit would be used for the MDC’s electoral campaigns.

The Daily News was told yesterday that hardliners in Zanu PF, who are worried that the relationship between TB Joshua and Tsvangirai could give the MDC leader massive support, are already plotting to deny him entry into Zimbabwe.

It also comes as the popular preacher’s stock has been rising in Zimbabwe and abroad after his February prediction that an old African leader would die within months, and 60 days later, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, 78, died of heart failure.

A few days before wa Mutharika’s death, TB Joshua announced that the death of an African leader was imminent.

Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration, yesterday however stressed that they had no problems with TB Joshua’s anticipated arrival in the country even though he was coming on Tsvangirai’s invitation.

“Ngaauye hake (he can come) if he is Tsvangirai’s guest. If he is Tsvangirai’s guest he is programmed by Tsvangirai to do what he says. Ko Zanu PF inopindawo papi? (Where does Zanu PF fit in?),” he said.

TB Joshua is expected to be in the country on May 25 for the National Day of prayer.

While Zimbabweans — like their regional counterparts – were also “spellbound” by TB Joshua’s prophecy and resultant speculation about the president’s health, especially after his prolonged stay in Singapore, Mugabe’s henchmen and notably serial political flip flopper Jonathan Moyo have launched a full-on attack to not only discredit TB Joshua, but have also fallen short of calling him “a western assassin”.

“TB Joshua’s involvement in this tragedy smacks more of a plot than a prophecy. One thing for sure is that there is no prophecy here but just a prediction if one is to give him a benefit of doubt. This leaves open the questions as to what happened because to neutral people there appears to be more to the saga than meets the eye,” the Tsholotsho North legislator said.

“In some circles, there is even spirited speculation in well informed circles that TB Joshua had privileged intelligence information about a death plot against… Mutharika and the plotters used him as their microphone to divert attention… and let the death appear like it was an act of God when it was an intelligence operation,” Moyo added.

An unofficial Zanu PF propagandist, but key decision-maker, Moyo went on to quote the Bible — 2 Timothy 3 verses 1-5 — about false prophets and in his bid to further discredit the “man of God”, and said the precision in timing could have been a coincidence based on “someone with medical information and not from God”.

“It’s possible to medically induce a cardiac arrest no wonder why his death was first leaked by his doctors,” the former government minister said.

A top MDC official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Zanu PF was misleading people into believing that TB Joshua told Tsvangirai he would never lead the country.

“Zanu PF is panicking because they know the truth about what was said and what is unfolding. They want to hide behind the man of God’s name to promulgate their own agendas. You must not twist a man of God’s words. What TB Joshua told Tsvangirai was in the positive; actually it was very, very positive,” the MDC official said.

“TB Joshua did not say he (Tsvangirai) will not lead the country. Zanu PF is saying that because they know what was said. They know the truth of what God has in store for this country. That is why they are panicking. God works in his own way, for Zanu PF to be where it is, it was God’s design,” he added. Daily News

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