Zimbabwean Pastor Who Predicted Robert Mugabe’s Death Last Week Now Facing Potential Jail Sentence
The court has begin proceedings to hear the case of a Zimbabwean pastor who was arrested and subsequently arraigned for predicting that President Robert Mugabe would die in October this year.
Zimbabwean police often arrest political activists for insulting or undermining Mugabe’s office, but most of the cases have been dismissed by the courts.
The preacher cum activist under trial, Patrick Mugadza, had reportedly, told journalists last week that he had received a prophecy from God that Mugabe would die on October 17.
Mugadza was consequently arrested on Monday at his home 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.
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.