Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is in Nigeria where he is reportedly seeking spiritual guidance from renowned prophet T B Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
According to online media reports, Tsvangirai arrived in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub on Wednesday evening with some of his family members and security guards.
“Just like the President of Ghana who came to Synagogue Church to seek the face of God during the election in his country, the Zimbabwe Prime Minister is also at the Synagogue Church to seek the face of God,” a source told Myjoyonline.
“As you know, the Synagogue Church is a place of refuge for presidents and African nationals in times of trouble, especially troubling elections.”
Sources from his office and his MDC-T party confirmed he was in Nigeria, giving credence to media reports emanating from Africa’s most populated country.
His spokesperson James Maridadi neither confirmed nor denied the reports and referred questions to MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa.
“I think minister Chamisa is the right person to speak to on that matter. He is in a better position to comment,” he said.
Chamisa confirmed his boss was out of the country but referred questions back to Maridadi.
“I’m not the president’s spokesperson. I think Maridadi should be able to handle that,” he said.
Tsvangirai and his party are determined to win the next general elections and to emerge victorious from the shaky inclusive government, which is effectively under the firm grip of his arch-rival President Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe faces the possibility of holding elections next year if the principals to the Global Political Agreement have their way.
Tsvangirai joins a growing list of African leaders who have visited SCOAN for spiritual assistance.
In 2008, the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, went to that church to seek divine assistance during elections in his country.
The Ghanaian president said in a thanksgiving service following his inauguration that T B Joshua had prophesied his victory in the Ghanaian polls, specifying there would be three elections and the results would be released in January.
Mills has described Joshua as his mentor.
Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba also visited SCOAN while in power, as well as the late leader of Gabon, Omar Bongo.
The Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, visited SCOAN to testify to his daughter’s healing from epilepsy.
Pascal Lissouba and André Kolimba, the former Presidents of Congo and Central African Republic respectively, are among other African leaders who have visited the church.
Prophet Joshua sparked media interest in Zimbabwe after Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube went to his church for healing. Dube, who had been unwell for some time, was wheelchair-bound but is now able to walk.
Marondera-Seke MP Tracy Mutinhiri also visited SCOAN early this year.