Peter Mutharika to attend night of prayers
President Peter Mutharika will Friday evening attend an inter-denominational night of prayers at Kamuzu Stadium against a background of a widely claimed prophecy of his death by Nigerian religious leader, Temitope Balugon Joshua.
Just a few weeks ago, Mutharika challenged the prophet, popularly known as TB Joshua among his followers, that he would not die before today as allegedly prophesied by him.
But government on Thursday said Mutharika’s attendance at the Living Waters Church International-led prayers has nothing to do with the prophecy.
“They are normal prayers organised by well meaning Malawians. There is nothing special. The President is a Christian and prayerful. The prayers have nothing to do with TB Joshua,” said Information Minister Jappie Mhango.
Organising Chairperson of the event, Muusa Kaunda, said Mutharika has been invited as citizen number one and that he will speak by virtue of being President. Kaunda said the only opportunity for Mutharika to receive a special prayer will be when a prayer for the government will be offered.
“Malawi is going through many challenges from governance, corruption and agriculture among others. We, as Christians, through our leader, Apostle Ndovie, thought of organising the night of prayers to deal with such challenges. We cannot just sit and watch. We invited the President just as prophets were doing, they were inviting kings for prayers,” said Kaunda.
According to Kaunda, the prayers, themed:“The fear of the Lord: Foundation for a Prosperous Malawi,” will start from 5:30pm till 4am. He said Mutharika will stay for about two hours or so.
In 2012, TB Joshua prophesied the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika. Bingu’s handlers have been denying that there was communication between their boss and the prophet. But in his recent public outburst, President Mutharika challenged that Joshua would not repeat what he did in 2012
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