Firebrand Kariba based cleric and activist, Patrick Mugadza, is set to appear in court today.
Mugadza was arrested on Monday and charged with undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority after predicting that the nonagenarian leader would die in October this year unless he repent and confess.
Police picked the pastor Remnant Church founder and leader as he walked out of the Harare Magistrates’ Court, where he was facing a separate charge of abusing the national flag, over which his trial had been set for February 22 and had been expected to appear in court yesterday.
The law enforcement agents charged that Pastor Mugadza contravened Section 46 (2) (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, when he allegedly misrepresented to members of the public that the prophesy was a true prophesy.
However, Pastor Mugadza denied the charge.
His lawyer, Gift Mtisi, said the cleric remained in police custody and was to appear in court today.
“They decided to keep him in custody and he will only be brought to court tomorrow [today],” he said.
Mugadza told reporters in the capital on Friday last week that God had revealed to him in December last year that Mugabe, who will be 93 in February, would “die on October 17” this year.
Pastor Mugadza, who came to national prominence when he was arrested early last year while protesting against President Mugabe at the Zanu PF conference in Victoria Falls, had a 40 day prayer and fasting in July last year for the nonegerian leader to go.