Fake miracle pastors face jail

“It is criminal to tell people that they have been healed of Aids when, in fact, you have not done any medical test to prove this.”

Errant religious leaders, who are fleecing Zimbabweans of their hard-earned money, claiming to possess spiritual powers to heal infectious diseases, will soon face prosecution, Health and Child Care deputy minister Aldrin Musiiwa has said.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

Speaking at a media briefing on the registration of churches and faith healers yesterday, Musiiwa said the Constitution grants freedom of worship, but does not make provisions for freedom of healing.

He said, as such, religious characters should come out in the open and register with the ministry, if at all their healing powers were empirical.

“There is freedom of worship in the Constitution, but under this freedom there is no freedom of healing, therefore, all healers must be known and they must be registered.

“There are various mushrooming churches that are purely premised on healing sessions, and healing in this country is regulated, meaning that they must be regulated,” Musiiwa said.

The deputy minister urged members of the public to be wary of fake miracle pastors, who denounce medical consultations and warned that those, who were unregistered, would soon face prosecution for their deeds.

“You can’t just start healing from nowhere when you are not registered, you need a certificate for the healing practice and failure to do so is soon going to lead to prosecution,” he said.

“It is criminal to tell people that they have been healed of Aids when, in fact, you have not done any medical test to prove this.”

Founder of Tehillar Christian Network, Sam Malunga said churches have to be regulated to allow for spiritual healing practices to complement medical healing practices through close monitoring.

“The people, who are practising faith healing, must be identified and known so that they can be accountable because these days there is exaggeration of such by some pseudo-prophets and bogus clerics,” he said.

According to the Health ministry, 85% of Zimbabweans visit faith healers, citing the worsening socio-economic situation, as the main driver leading them to resort to dubious spiritual healing.

10 Comments

  1. What about those who had their privates enlarged and babies borne in 3 months ,what happens.

  2. amazing how some people just speak without giving it an ounce of thought

  3. The beginning of the end for the false prophet. Please enact legislation to protect unsuspecting citizens

  4. Pythagoras. One-One.

    Is the official protest about non-registration of certain occasional healers? Do registered medical doctors heal people? Or might it be mere official breach of one of the 10 commandments. Thou shalt not eye at thy neighbor’s cash flow volumes or camel or spouse….?

  5. mhofu ndeyemukono chete

    There is no unsuspecting citizen. Ngavabirwe kusvika vasvinura.

    1. Exactly. Kana mabharanzi akapusa thinking pastors are demigods, regai vabigwe mari.

  6. josphat mugadzaweta

    why try to enact those legislations now? mapedza here magame enyu naanamakandiwa naamagaya? the truth is that most of these prophets tell their sheepish followers to obey the government of morons saying that it is biblical and in return the govt turns a blind eye on the churches’illicit activities. if they do not do it in europe where the churches originated imi munozvigona sei? ndosaka pamunhu mutema nhamo isingaperi!!!

  7. How can Zimbabwe people be so stupid?

  8. Mugabe and wife should have been gone.long ago.

  9. People starving and they live in luxury. 35 cents a day in 2017? Wake up people!

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