Wimbo’s daughters weep in front of ministers

Abducted Johane Masowe Vadzidzi Vajesu Church founder Aaron Mhukuta Gomo’s daughters broke down in tears before a Cabinet committee appointed by President Robert Mugabe to look into a bitter internal dispute in the church.

By Everson Mushava

Gomo (94), popularly known as Mudzidzi Wimbo, was allegedly abducted by his church aides last year and since then, his children have not accessed him.

After a closed-door meeting with the committee, led by State Security minister Kembo Mohadi at Wimbo’s home in Madziwa on Thursday, the Gomo family had hoped their father would be released.

“Are you leaving before we can see our father?” one of the wailing daughters asked Mohadi as other female church members joined in the weeping, with the place resembling a funeral.

Mohadi’s team that included Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Mashonaland Central Provincial minister Martin Dinha said it had only come on a fact-finding mission and report back to Mugabe who would decide on the way forward.

They then offered to take them to the shrine to see their father, but they declined. The family members said they would only see their father once he was brought home.

The Gomo family held an hour-long meeting with Mohadi and his team where they chronicled the events leading to the alleged abduction of their father.

They accused Ishmael Magodi, Zex Pamacheche, Shepherd Chingwena and Edison Mukuhwa, who are on remand over a murder charge, of abducting Wimbo and holding him against his will.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mudzidzi Obenesia claimed that the four were not family members, but joined the family after being treated by Wimbo of mental sickness.
“The problem started when they killed Jacob

Zifungo in 2014, a prophet from Gwanda accusing him of resisting the introduction of Chinese herbs under the Tians programme. They killed him in
Zvisokwe River. They were arrested, and are on remand and are still terrorising people at the shrine,” he said.

“After the incident, we the Gomo family, church members and the local traditional leadership agreed to send them back to their families because we could not stay with murderers. After a few months, they came back and abducted Mudzidzi to the shrine under the guise that they were taking him to the Chihuri family for a visit.”

They also accused the church aides of misappropriating over $120 000 raised by the church to buy a new vehicle for Wimbo.

Since then, Obenesia said, the family members were being denied access to their father. An effort by one of his sons, Gadjwet Gomo, who is a police chief superintendent, ended in violence when he was assaulted together with his sisters, church members and one of Wimbo’s eldest wives.

“The assault has been done with the help of soldiers who are now camped a few kilometres from here. We are now living in fear. They are always firing guns in the air to intimidate us. At one time, a helicopter came. We don’t know who set up the camp and also ordered the training of youth under the Border Gezi programme,” Obenesia added.

“We have tried all we can, including visiting the office of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to have our father released, but it has not helped. Instead, VP Mnangagwa came to the shrine and did not order his release.”

Mugabe early this month also visited Wimbo’s shrine and promised to set up the Mohadi-led ministerial committee.

The family members said they strongly believe Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba, the Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff, was behind the heavy military presence.
“He has actually married one of the daughters of one of the four who abducted our father,” he alleged.

“Nyikayaramba told the President that he did not know how those soldiers came, but we have evidence that he is commanding them.”

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  1. I am wondering why these criminal cases are turned into military operation. There should be more that we are not told here?

  2. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    What is so special about this Wimbo to attract such attention from Mugabe ,is it not a simple case which the police could attend without involving the high powered ministerial committee?This case attracts both elements of criminal and civil procedure therefore, no need for such undeserved attention.

  3. This is the weirdest strangest case which is difficult to determine wether its real or some joke of some sort

  4. guys whats is this really about? The president setting up a committee of 4 ministers to do what? What about a committee on the missing 15billion? sounds like another diesel n’anga story. this is comic

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  6. Mudzidzi Wimbo prophesied back in the 1940s that Zimbabwe shall be ruled by someone named after an angel.

  7. We ask for the President to be accessible to ordinary people and make a difference. In this case he is trying, yet most jump to say H.E should not …
    ? #CrappyCompliments

  8. musatambe ne MIGS PLIZ …………..

  9. Chisingaperi Chinoshura

    lots of politics guys! how can the ministers say come see your father at the shrine instead of ordering the release. Maybe he prophesied about the Gabriel ruler way back but this time i think he has a new revelation against the Gabriel ‘The fall of Gabriel’. Thats the reason coz if you try to follow u won’t understand zvikuitika. The abductors are said to be charged with murder meaning vakasungwa kudhara so how come Wimbo is still held hostage and by whom. inonzi ZANU

  10. There are serious problems in Zim that need the president & all his ministers full attention & here they are busy being circus clowns, we dont know whether to laugh or cry at this madness

  11. Wimbo is a king maker who has a lot of influence on Zanu PF. He prophesied that Mugabe should step down and let Mnangagwa lead. This did not go down well with the powers that be. Wimbo is not being held by church members but rather the army.

  12. Headman Adala


  13. it is a shame that people go to such levels as kidnapping an old man just to protect themselves from his prophesies. But unfortunately no one lives for ever and some people’s popularity has waned a long time ago. No amount of torture will stop God’s hand as we have all read the writing.

  14. …as far as im concerned these WIMBO idiots can tear each other to pieces….and i wdnt care


  16. isnt this another diesel pachinhoyi where high powered ministers are going to attend cases of superstition and witchcraft. what were mujurus allegations by the way

  17. samuel l jackson


  18. e more u read e more it confuses

  19. And talk of educated Zimbos!!! believing this mbanje smoking Wimbo. Zimbabwe has gone to the dogs.

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  20. a committee of ministers to preside over Wimbos case, whats so special about him? this country is a circus

  21. RG Mugabe and his mafia disciples are as superstitious as they come. It is another diesel flowing from the rock! Tjhese are the fools who have ran our country aground.

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