A raw, unedited version of his prediction went viral on social media after the Zimbabwean military toppled Robert Mugabe from power on Tuesday 14th November 2017 in a bloodless coup.
“I am seeing military – they are interested in embarrassing a President,” Joshua is heard saying in the clip dated Sunday 31st August 2014.
“They want to kidnap him and if he refuses, they will kill him (Mugabe)… God showed me the place but I don’t want to put any country into pandemonium.”
On Thursday 16 November, two days after Mugabe had been put under house arrest by the army, there was the talk of him refusing to resign. Mugabe was insisting that military action against him and his government were illegal.
However, other highly placed sources who spoke to Africa Cradle from Harare, Zimbabwe said Mugabe had agreed to leave after negotiating “safe passage” for him and his family.
Online reactions to Joshua’s prophecy have been varied, with some hailing the cleric, others denouncing the prediction as a ‘lucky guess’ and still more suspecting the cleric had ‘inside information’ on the military’s plans.
“I’m waking up to a world where a TB Joshua prophecy has come true. Kill me now,” wrote CynicHarare on Twitter, a notable critic of Joshua on social media.
Former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode and popular comedian AY also shared Joshua’s prediction on their social media platforms.