Muponda— part prophet part traditional healer

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Self-styled spiritualist Boniface Muponda has come out of his shell and revealed that he was now leading an apostolic faith sect while at the same time practising as a traditional healer in Uzumba, Mashonaland East.
Muponda, a prophet-cum- traditional healer, made news headlines in the early 90s for his alleged healing prowess.
He said he was finding no problem mixing Christianity with traditionalism as all involved spirits.
The faith healer, who had been keeping a low profile since the highly publicised sodomy case in which he was acquitted, has relocated to his rural home where he attracts a huge following.
Muponda, known to many as ‘Mutumwa’, said: “I am still a prophet and l go to ‘Kutenda Kuna Mwari’ Apostolic Faith Church which is a new church. People from the church that l founded (Kutungamirira Apostolic Church) wanted to make me an archbishop of the church but l refused.
“I pray for people from as early as 5am in the morning to noon and thereafter l put on my traditional garments and consult the spirits.”
Muponda said he continues to help women from as far as South Africa experiencing problems in conceiving, an area that has become his speciality.
“When l am helping church people l deal with pure water, and nothing else,” Muponda said. “But when it comes to the traditional way, l can just as easily deal with herbs. People accept anything as long as they can be helped.”
Muponda said among the people he assists were footballers. Of special note, he said was the miracle he performed on a popular midfielder for a local club whom he cured of a leg ailment that had troubled him for years.
He hogged the limelight, albeit for controversial reasons, when his Norton and Kuwadzana houses used to swarm with people needing his assistance.
Muponda plays mbira during his traditional healing sessions.