Zimbabwean pastor arrested for prophesying death of President Mugabe
By Sewe Ishola
A Zimbabwean pastor and activist, Patrick Mugadza is currently spending time behind bars and will appear in court on Wednesday after police arrested him for prophesying the death of President Robert Mugabe on 17th October, this year.
Mugadza, had told journalists last week that he received a prophecy from God that Mugabe would die on October 17.
Mugadza was arrested by police on Monday after appearing at the magistrate court on a separate charge of abusing the national flag.
His lawyer, Gift Mtisi, told the BBC that he was relaying a “message from God. Police would have to prove that God didn’t say it”.
He also faces another charge of public nuisance after holding a one-man anti-government protest last year.
Prosecutors could not formally lay charges of criminal nuisance on Mugadza because his lawyers objected to an additional charge of “offences to persons of particular religion or race’’.
He will return to court on Thursday.
Zimbabwean police often arrest political activists for insulting or undermining Mugabe’s office, but most of the cases have been dismissed by the courts.