By Chris Zumani Zimba
Sometimes she is brutal tough and crystal clear: In 2017, Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Rev. Godfridah Sumaili vowed and successfully stopped renowned South Africa based Malawian Prophet, Shepherded Bushiri and his spiritual father, Prophet Ubert Angel of Zimbabwe from entering the country by insisting that “the government will not entertain magicians in the country disguising themselves as prophets because Zambia is a Christian nation and not a magician country”, she stressed. This is where her Ministry’s services working hand in hand with the church mother bodies are needed in Sesheke, Western province as staged day light witchcraft and magic is being used and so far, claimed two lives have been lost while many are hospitalized in the ongoing political bye election campaigns for the local parliamentary seat.
According to Elizabeth Chatuvela, Mongu and Nancy Siame, Lusaka both of the Zambia Daily on 7th February, 2019, a 21-year-old woman died while seven others were nursing burns at Yeta Hospital in Sesheke after a mysterious lightning struck a Patriotic Front (PF) campaign team camp.The incident happened on 5th February 2019 around 15:30 hours at an area called Nayanda in Silumbu village when a group of women were preparing food for the party’s ‘foot soldiers’.
On 8th February, 2018, ZNBC and Lusaka Times confirmed and reported that a swarm of bees attacked a camp for the ruling Patritic Front team gathering and campaigning in Sesheke, one member died and several people were equally admitted to the local hospital. PF Campaign Manager for the Sesheke Parliamentary by Election Kebby Mbewe confirmed both incidence and added that ‘what was happening in the district should save as a wakeup call to the church to pray for the country’.
Since President Lungu is in Sesheke to drum up support for the PF MP candidate and we are now clear that witchcraft and magic is being used with some PF members dead while many are in hospital, two questions stand out. Has the Ministry of Religious Affairs or/and the church mother bodies deployed a reliable team of best anointed prayer warriors and pastors to protect the Head of State and Government as well as targeted citizens? Or should the Ministry of Traditional Affairs be engaged to look for Zambia’s best juju doctors and renowned traditional magicians to move in and call for fire, snow, floods, locusts, beasts and sharks to fall from the sky and revenge? When I published and launched “A Christian Nation in a Brothel State for Drunkards, Corrupt and Superstitious Citizens” in 2015, some overzealous Christians blindly called me all sorts names-its fine indeed. But the overt show of witchcraft in the Sesheki parliamentary bye election in Western province of Zambia this far confirms one components of my hypotheses.
In conclusion, it is not enough just to condemn the acts of darkness or call for everyone to pray; there are many public and religious institutions that are specifically created and mandated to respond to such. This is their time to stand up and be counted relevant. Before the notorious witches and vicious magicians of the district claim more lives, begin to believe that staged witchcraft can prevail over divine Christian light and power as well as conclude that they can scale up staged witchcraft at national level in preparation for the 2021 national vote, the church and Ministry of Religious Affairs must move in Sesheke with their best or most powerful prayer warriors, pastors and prophets to bring supernatural order and justice. Where is our Christian God of Elijah or Daniel who answers by fire? For the church, this is the right time to wrestle against divine powers and principalities in higher places of Sesheke and prove that “Zambia is a Christian Nation”. Otherwise, the church and the Ministry incharge of Christianity risk losing relevancy and popularity as many politicians and citizens may begin to praise and worship the god of Sesheke who answers by lightning and bees.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Radio, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:20hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments.