Peter Matambanadzo Senior Reporter
A self-proclaimed spirit medium was manhandled by eight bouncers during a service at the United Family International Church in Chitungwiza after challenging Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa to a demonstration of power before the congregation. Sekuru Lovemore Chiponda who says he is a
medium for the spirit of Chaminuka, says he had his traditional regalia and nine Digital Video Discs burnt after the altercation.
Sekuru Chiponda says he went to the Church to confront Prophet Makandiwa to reveal the source of his power.
“I had gone to challenge him (Prophet Makandiwa) for a demonstration of power so that people in Zimbabwe become aware that there is nobody who operates on a spiritual level without his ancestral spirit,” Sekuru Chiponda said.
The bouncers, he added, manhandled him before burning his red, white and black traditional robe and trying to baptise him in the name of Jesus.
“I told them that they should not force me as I believe in my tradition and that it was wrong for Christians to allege that spirit mediums were demonic spirits,” he charged.
“I asked them if this meant that Zimbabweans were liberated by demonic spirits because our leaders were led to the liberation struggle by spirits including Rekai
Tangwena, Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguvi,” he added.
Sekuru Chiponda filed his report at Makoni Police Station, case number CR 273/8/12.
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector James Sabau confirmed receiving a report of the incident.
“I confirm receiving a report and investigations are in progress,” Chief Insp Sabau said without giving further details.
Contacted for comment, one of UFIC spokespersons Pastor Prime Kufa said he was not aware of the incident.