A SELF-PROCLAIMED Kwekwe prophet who last year “prophesied” that former Vice-President Joice Mujuru had been anointed by God to take over from President Robert Mugabe, has been acquitted on charges of stealing a cellphone and cash from a soldier.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Lloyd Matikiti (30), of the Church of God, was arrested in March this year on allegations of stealing a cellphone belonging to Clever Zindoga, a soldier based at One Air Defence in Redcliff.
Just before his arrest, Matikiti made headlines after claiming the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) was after him over his “prophecy.” The man of the cloth claimed State security agents urged him to stop making “misguided pronouncements”, warning he risked facing “the music.”
Provincial magistrate Ngoni Nduna acquitted Matikiti at the close of the State case citing lack of evidence.
His co-accused, Feknose Lema (28), will, however, be put to his defence as the trial continues.
Following his acquittal, Matikiti, who at one time spent nearly two months in remand prison while failing to raise $100 bail, said he knew God would come to his rescue.
“I knew there would be attacks. Every time God speaks there are people who want to kill the prophets thinking that this will stop the Word of God from being fulfilled,” he said.
Matikiti vowed to continue praying to ensure his “prophecy” would come to pass and would not be deterred by the CIO or police.
“They can arrest me again on trumped-up charges, but I will continue to pray to my God who gave me that vision until Mujuru becomes President, that is God’s will and it will happen,” he said.
In the prophecy, Matikiti said a coalition between Mujuru and Tsvangirai would unseat Mugabe and lead the people of Zimbabwe to a better future.
Mujuru was ousted from Mugabe’s government in 2014 and went on to form her own political party, ZimFirst, which is now on the verge of forming a pact with Tsvangirai ahead of the 2018 general elections.