Mudzidzi Wimbo preached peace, unity

The late Mudzidzi Wimbo, the revered and mystic leader of the Johane Masowe Vadzidzi VaJesu Church, prophesied the ascendancy of President Mnangagwa to the leadership of the country some eight years ago, a source within the church hierarchy exclusively told The Sunday Mail Society.

Born Aaron Mhukuta, Mudzidzi Wimbo succumbed to renal failure at the age of 96 in Harare a fortnight ago.

He was buried at the church’s shrine in Pfute Village under Chief Madziva, about 20 kilometres from Mount Darwin last week.

“In 2010, the church leadership, which is made up of myself, Ishmael Mugodi, Zex Pamacheche and Eddison Mukohwa was summoned to the late Mudzidzi’s residency and the prophecy was pronounced. We were, however, told that this information was highly classified and should only be made public at the right time,” Mr Shepherd Chingwena, the church spokesperson said.

According to Chingwena, the prophecy further stated that Zimbabwe was going to prosper under President Mnangagwa’s stewardship.

“Mudzidzi further prophesied that the country will prosper under President Mnangagwa,” added Chingwena.

In the past, Chingwena refuted claims that the late spiritual leader had made prophecies regarding the leadership of the country.

“Like I said, the time was not yet ripe for us to make the pronouncement. Doing so would have exposed the President to grave dangers. I am saying this because the time is now ripe,” said Chingwena.

According to Chingwena, for purposes of disguising the real identity of the President, Mudzidzi often referred to President Mnangagwa as “Mutumbuka” during discussions.

Mudzidzi Wimbo shot to national prominence after making one of the most important political prophecies.

In 1957, he pronounced that independent Zimbabwe would be led by a man with the name of an angel – Gabriel – and in 1980, the former leader of the country, Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe, was elected into office

Apart from the fame, the prophecy brought with it sleepless nights as he was continuously nagged by politicians who were demanding to know the future leader of the country.

In recent years, a power struggle over the control of the church erupted, pitting the four-man leadership council that Mudzidzi Wimbo had appointed in 2010 against some of his sons.

Mudzidzi Wimbo anointed Mugodi as his successor, giving him the task of leading the church’s estimated one million followers.

Although he was buried in a casket worth more than $5 000, Mudzidzi Wimbo, for the better part of his life, lived a simple life, spending most of his time at the shrine, healing the sick and preaching to his followers.

He lived a modest life and among his few possessions were the three modest houses that he bought for his wives in Bindura and Shamva.

“Mudzidzi was not interested in material things. He left his modest homestead and lived amongst his followers here at the shrine. He was humble, hard-working and a great leader,” Chingwena said.

The spiritual leader preached the gospel of peace and unity until he breathed his last.

However, Mudzidzi Wimbo’s two wives and scores of children did not attend his funeral and burial.

According to Chingwena, Mudzidzi Wimbo foretold most of the things that happened later in his life.

“Mudzidzi also foretold the leadership wrangle, the opening of the school and how his family was going to desert him. We were not surprised when members of his family failed to attend the funeral and burial,” Chingwena said.

Questioned why the church hastily buried the iconic spiritual leader, Chingwena said the church was simply fulfilling their late leader’s wish.

“Before his death, he instructed us that in the event of his death, we were supposed to bury him on the very day. Mudzidzi told us that Jesus Christ was buried a day after his death and Mudzidzi wanted us to do like-wise,” Chingwena said.

According to the church doctrine, the next leader of the church will occupy the mansion that housed Mudzidzi Wimbo.

Chingwena explained: “The house belongs to the church and as such will be occupied by our new leader. It is like a company house.”

The late church leader’s estate, which includes a sleek Mercedes Benz which was donated to him by the church, will be distributed to the cleric’s family during a memorial service that will be held at the shrine next month.

The church was formed in 1931 by Shonhiwa Sixpence, who was originally from Gandanzara in Manicaland. The next leader of the church was Mudyiwa Dzangare from Chiweshe who handed over the spiritual leadership of the church to Madzibaba Wimbo in 1987.

Chingwena called upon the members of the church to rally behind the leaders.

“We must remain united and rally behind the leadership so that we fulfil the wishes of our late leader,” concluded Chingwena.

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  • Samugabe

    With all due respect, reporters must THOROUGHLY research their stories before publishing sensitive matters. This report is full of inaccuaracies, contradictions and outright propaganda. For the record, both Madzibaba Wimbo’s church (sect) and Mudyiwa Dzangare’s sects were a result of splits from Johanne Masowe Chishanu yeNguwo Chena apostolic church that happened at various occassions over a long period since the 1960s. These splits were a result of differences in interpretation of the doctrine of the church. As of this day, the original Johanne Masowe YeChishanu YeNguwo Chena is still there. This is the sect founded by Shonhiwa Sixpence (Baba Johanne) in 1931 in Mhondoro. When Baba Johanne descended, he is the one who foretold the coming of Emmanuel, Dzangare Mudyiwa. Indeed, this happened and Shonhiwa Sixpence left Dzangare Mudyiwa in charge of the church as soon as the calling was fulfilled. However, due to differences in the church Dzangare Mudyiwa was to leave and form his own sect, commonly known as Mudzimuunoera or Church YaEmmanuel. This is the one whose members wear cow skins (madenibai) on the right hand. In the same manner, Baba Wimbo and many others also left the main sect to form their own such Nyenyedzi Nomwe, Jerusarema, Johanne Masowe YeNguwo Tsvuku, and so on and so on. Baba Wimbo never succeded Baba Mudyiwa as insuated by this reporter. These elders changed a number of things in the way they worship in their sects.

    Fundamentally, Johanne said people should congregate in open spaces, where no one would claim ownership or tell people what to do because they had build the place. Johanne forbade sending children to school. He would never have built a school.

    The following (although some people (including church leaders), practice them were strictly forbidden in the church;

    1. Polygamy
    2. Burying people in coffins. Coffins may only be used to transport dead bodies.
    3. Church members should only support the government of the day, not political parties.
    4. Congregants are encouraged to settle disputes peacefully following church rules.

    The other fundamental issue is that the church is led by prophets, not one person as portrayed here. People worship in their various places by preaching to each other and by prophets.

    Also, why did the reporter not seek the views of the other children of Baba Wimbo who did not attend their father’s funeral. I happen to know that they were barred. In fact, they have been barred from seeing their father for over 3 years by the so-called elders due to wrangles of ownership of property. Dig this up Mr. Reporter.

    The big question that begs the answer is why was the late Baba Wimbo hurriedly buried? The practice is that Mapostori are usually buried on the third day. The only exception is when they die in foreign lands where it is difficult to bury them on the 3rd day. In this instance a lot of mapostori failed to mourn this great man. Tsananguro dzaBaba Johanne dzakati kana moda kuchinja zvakarehwa munotanga masandura mwana musikana kuita mukomana and vice versa.

    I do not want to comment much about how the late Baba Wimbo conducted his business but we all have a duty rekuparidzira vakasara kuti vatevere zvakarehwa nevatumwa. I think that the so-called successors are bent on denying the late Baba Wimbo’s children the right to their late father’s estate in a clandestine manner.

  • Jack Maphosa

    Kutorasika pachena munhuwamwari, vamudyiwa did not hand over spiritual leadership kuna baba Wimbo zvakanzi nemweya mutsvene vadedze sangano remapostori, and when he did mweya mutsvene said through vamudyiwa, varikuda kunamata Jesu vatevere Vamudzidzi Wimbo and went on further to say denga rati kunevarikuda kusara pazitarangu rinoti Mudyiwa hanzi handingakusiyeyi mega ndokusiirayi mucherechedzo wangu hence madenby zvikanda zvemombe

  • madzibaba

    reporters itai research yenyu yakanaka first before maburitsa nhema dzikutaurwa na Chingwena uyo ndosaka kubvira pese pamatanga kuburitsa nyaya yava Wimbo up to his death hapana kana musi mumwe wamaka kwanisa kutaura nava Wimbo wacho asi muchikwanisa kupihwa nhema nana Chingwena avo varipo pakutsvaga sirivha nendarama