Pastor Arrested For Prophesying President Mugabe Would Die On Oct 2017 (PICTURED)

Pastor Arrested For Prophesying President Mugabe Would Die On Oct 2017 (PICTURED)

By Agency Reports on January 18, 2017
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe | Getty Images
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe | Getty Images

A Zimbabwean activist pastor, Patrick Mugadza, appeared in court on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after police arrested him for predicting that President Robert Mugabe would die in October this year.

Patrick Mugadza, a preacher in the tourist resort town of Victoria Falls, told journalists last week that he had received a prophecy from God that Mugabe would die on Oct. 17.

Mugadza was arrested on Monday after appearing at the magistrate court on a separate charge of abusing the national flag. He also faces another charge of public nuisance after holding a one-man anti-government protest last year.

Patrick Mugadza, activist pastor

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.

Mugabe has since December been in Singapore on his annual holiday. He traveled to China and Mali in between.

Robert Mugabe, 92, is a Roman Catholic who has ruled Zimbabwe as president since 1987. For seven years, prior to that, he was prime minister of the South African country. He is widely regarded in the West as a dictator who is responsible for the economic downturn in his country. (NAN)

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