‘Mujuru prophet’ locked up

A SELF-PROCLAIMED prophet who last year “prophesied” that former Vice-President Joice Mujuru had been anointed by God to take over from President Robert Mugabe, has been arrested for alleged theft.

Lloyd Matikiti (30) of the Church of God was arrested on allegations of stealing a cellphone belonging to Clever Zindoga, a soldier based at One Air Defence in Redcliff.

Matikiti, who made headlines after claiming the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) was after him over the “prophesy”, has since denied the theft charge and was remanded in custody to next Tuesday.

It is the State’s case that sometime in December, Zindonga left his cellphone in his unlocked car and went to a nearby bar to buy some beer.

On his return, he found his phone and modulator missing from the car.

On February 19, Matikiti allegedly approached Zindonga and helped him recover his phone, which at the time was in Definate Chiwashira’s possession.

But Chiwashira then implicated his younger brother, Feknose Lema (28), who in turn implicated Matikiti, the initial whistle blower.

Lema, a co-accused, told the police Matikiti had given him the phone as surety for money he had lent him.

Appearing before resident magistrate Taurai Manwere, Matikiti was granted $100 bail on March 10, but was back in court on Tuesday after failing to raise the bail money.

Matikiti, who appeared in court in prison garb, will be back next Tuesday.

The value of the stolen property was $334 and only the phone, valued at $150, was recovered.