Eight prophets from the Nguwo Tsvuku (Jerusarema) sect have drowned in Zimbabwe while attempting to retrieve a holy stick from a flooded Mazowe river in the country’s Mashonaland Central province.
The unfortunate incident happened after their leader threw a stick into the river told the aspiring leaders that whoever retrieves it would become the next baptist for the church.
It is alleged that eleven prophets jumped into the river and started searching for the holy stick.
According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, eleven prophets jumped into the pool and only three were rescued, while eight of them drowned.
Among the deceased were two brothers.
Rushinga MP Tendai Nyabani said he was coordinating assistance for the bereaved families.
“They had travelled for about 10 kilometres to the river. The prophets misjudged the depth and were in a trance. They jumped into the river and drowned.
“There were thousands of congregants waiting to be baptised. The majority of the deceased were from Rushinga except for one who is from Domboshawa.
“The bodies are at Chimhanda Clinic and we have notified the Provincial Civil Protection Unit for assistance. We also informed the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution
Senator Monica Mavhunga and Zanu PF provincial chairperson Cde Kazembe Kazembe.” said Nyabani.