Harare: United Family International Church (Ufic) leader, Emmanuel Makandiwa, has waded into the raging Zanu PF succession storm, declaring President Robert Mugabe will be replaced by a Zimbabwean presently based in the diaspora.
With senior leaders in the former liberation movement, among them First Lady Grace Mugabe and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, reportedly angling for Mugabe’s throne, Makandiwa has literally thrown the cat among the pigeons, with a “prophecy” that seems to suggest the current vicious jockeying is in vain.
In a Sunday sermon streamed live on YouTube, Makandiwa told his congregants that he was “seeing a person coming from outside, who was running towards the people of Zimbabwe”.
“This person is running in the opposite direction to people, who are running towards him, I see a spider and this spider is following this person, who is the chosen one to lead the people,” he said.
Makandiwa said if that person were to join a reputable opposition when he returns to Zimbabwe, he would be the leader to take over from Mugabe.
Mugabe, 93, has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since taking over from Rhodesian strongman, Ian Smith, at independence in 1980.
Due to his advanced age and reported failing health, Mugabe’s looming departure from the political scene has triggered serious infighting in the ruling Zanu PF.
Ufic spokesperson, Prime Kufa, however, said Makandiwa’s message “was complex” to the extent that people were now speculating on its meaning, including linking it to the country’s succession.
Kufa said Makandiwa was the only one who could interpret “the prophecy”, with those close to the charismatic preacher saying “he (Makandiwa) could not even explain it and has warned against making uninformed political interpretations on prophecies”.
Makandiwa, in the sermon, also warned government against interfering with the work of the church.
“Churches are the ones that are holding off attacks directed at this nation and if you touch these churches, they will let go of these forces and they will destroy the nation,” he said. agencies