Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe has blasted members of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s church who frequently fly out of Zimbabwe going for healing and other church meetings.
Mrs Mugabe said Zimbabweans should not waste their money visiting foreign prophets, but should instead seek salvation cheaper locally. Addressing thousands of Christians of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) at the Today’s Women Conference in Harare yesterday, Grace referred to Christians who visit “war-torn countries” Nigeria and Ghana.
“I really don’t understand why scores of people are putting their faith on foreign preachers. They are having to raise a lot of money to visit them, when in Zimbabwe we are blessed with anointed people of God who are able to do even greater things,” she said.
Grace Mugabe’s comments come at a time when scores of Zimbabweans, including Cabinet ministers, are flocking to countries such as Ghana and Nigeria seeking divine intervention.
“It doesn’t matter which denomination you belong to, we are all seeking one God. Believe in our prophets and stop wasting money visiting faraway countries. In Zimbabwe we have people who, through prayer, can heal you from your sickness and restore your broken marriage.
“People have this misconception that Zimbabweans do not know how to pray. Little do they know that we have a lot of anointed people who are able to help us because they know the environment that we are operating under. A closer look at the countries which are being thronged by our people reveals that they are torn by war and hunger,” Grace Mugabe said.
She told the thousands of people who attended the last day of the conference that she also seeks the help of local spiritual leaders.
“I might be Grace Mugabe of Zimbabwe, but I cannot do it all on my own,” she said to wild applause. “I go to Amai Guti seeking guidance and she prays for me. The prayers enable me to keep my family and life together. I see God’s power in her and I have come to realise that God gives you people in your life to do certain tasks that you cannot do on your own because they are anointed in that area.
“There is no point in trying to compete or badmouth the anointed because theirs is a gift from God.”
Amai Mugabe added that she also believes in fasting as she seeks God: “Prayer and fasting have sustained me and I have also learnt to ask God for wisdom every day.
“The book of James 1:5 says: ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let them ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and upbraids not, and it shall be given him.’
“To know what to do require wisdom that comes from God,” she said.
The conference ran from November 8-10 and attracted delegates from more than 182 countries.