Popular Nigerian televangelist, Prophet T. B. Joshua, was on Saturday derided by the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, as an unscrupulous individual, who raises money through false prophecies.
In an angry response to speculations that he has serious health issues and was dying, thus a need to resign from office ahead of the end of his term in 2019, the 76-year-old Mutharika said, “Some people want to chase me away, they want me to resign so that they can take over the government through the back door because they know they will not defeat me at the ballot box in 2019. Let me tell you, am not going anywhere, am not resigning.”
Nyasa Times said the president spoke Da Yang Lukes premises in the country’s capital Lilongwe, during the inauguration of a university teaching hospital, as Malawi faces severe economic crisis. The newspaper observed that a prophecy by Joshua is being interpreted in Southern Africa to mean that either of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe or Mutharika would die on or before 30 April 2016.
But in an angry riposte, Mutharika descended on Joshua, saying the Nigerian is “crooked” and raises money through “false” prophecies. In his words, ” Let me tell T. B. Joshua and your sister (former President Joyce Banda), you will fail. What you did in 2012 (accurately prophesying the death of former Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika) will not happen (this time around).”
Hitting directly at Joshua, Mutharika challenged the Lagos-based Prophet that if he were really a man of God, he should have predicted the collapse of a building on his premises, where at least 90 people died, many of them South Africans. “I am here as president up to 2024. In 2029 when my term expires, I will campaign for a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate,” he added.