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CONTROVERSIAL preacher, Walter Magaya, has backed fellow prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s prediction that there will be bloodshed in Zimbabwe if mass protests planned by the opposition go ahead.

Magaya, who is the founder of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, was addressing about 50,000 people at his Waterfalls church in Harare at the weekend.

He spoke a week after Makandiwa told his followers a similar “prophecy” that there will be bloodshed if the MDC-T party goes ahead with their planned protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

“The person who gave that prophecy is a prophet. When this came out there were a lot of funny comments on social media with some people commenting that you are (Makandiwa) not a politician and all that but the truth is that a prophecy remains a prophecy,” Magaya said.

He said when prophecies are given, it is for people to be “forewarned of what is coming”.

“It is up to you to stop the bloodshed or to support the bloodshed. When God speaks, be wise and listen,” Magaya said.

He told his congregation that “the peace of Zimbabwe is in your hands”.

“I repeat the peace of this nation lies in you. Do not be found in places which promote violence,” he said.

Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party recently said it plans to embark on massive street protests to force President Robert Mugabe’s government to provide the 2.2 million jobs it promised in the run-up to last year’s elections.

The move could set the MDC-T on a collision course with the government which has in the past violently crushed any such protests.

The MDC-T has since scoffed at the “prophecies” insisting its decision to demonstrate against the government’s failure to provide jobs and stabilise the economy will not be determined by the “so-called prophecies”.

Zimbabwe is going through a “religious revival” with charismatic preachers such as Makandiwa and Magaya drawing thousands of followers to their services each week.

Sociologists attribute the preachers’ “success” to the more than decade-old economic crisis that has left millions of desperately poor Zimbabweans seeking solace in miracle-working religions.

Source : New Zimbabwe