Eight Prophets Drown In Zimbabwe While Competing To Retrieve “Holy Stick” From River


In Rushinga, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe, eight self-proclaimed prophets drowned during a ceremony in a river.

On Saturday, October 30, prophets from the Vadzidzi vaJeso apostolic cult perished in Mazowe River.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. at the Hungumwe River, near the confluence with the Mazowe Tsvinje River, when the prophets fell into a trance during their annual Passover ceremony and stampeded into the river, drowning.

According to local media, the prophets were competing to recover a “holy stick” from the river’s deep waters during a ritual to choose a Baptist.

Timothy Maregere, the provincial development coordinator for Mashonaland Central Province, verified the tragedy and stated that their remains had already been recovered.

“The group consisted of 10 ‘prophets’ and only two survived,” Maregere said.

Mashonaland Central deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Naison Dhliwayo, on Sunday, named the now deceased as Nickson Singano (29)

Peter Marera (31), Tendai Marera (28), Alexeio Makombe (26), Tichawana Katiyo (32), Isaac Dokora (21), Lanciot Dokora (34) and Chriswell Kunyengerera.

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