Johanne Masowe yeChishanu self-styled prophetess was reportedly seen on Sunday discouraging people from wearing facemasks at Africa Unit Square, Harare.

Madzimai Nyaradzai Machote of Eastview suburb along with two others conducted prayers in the park claiming that they were cleansing the city.

“We are here as spirits to cleanse this place since it is the heart of Harare handiti ndipo panoka pakati peguta,” said Madzimai Nyaradzai.

“We are here to inform people not to take Covid-19 seriously and not to put on facemasks as directed by Western countries.

“I am sure that Zimbabweans are better educated than many nations and as such they must not move putting on face masks to hide their faces.

“Instead of preventing Covid-19 which they claim is in this country they are instead promoting robbery as people lose their belongings to masked people.

“It is that reason we have been sent to spread the word to people that they must not be fooled but instead seek God’s face in prayer.

“Tirikuswera takarara tichirotswa hope dzekuti tiudze nyika zvainofanira kuita.

“Panzvimbo ino pakachererwa mazinyoka akaipa atauya kuzobvisa saka matiwona tiripano kudai ende hatipfeke zvimadhende pamiromo yedu,” she said discouraging the measures set by Government to curb spreading of Covid-19.

While Madzimai Nyaradzai was conducting prayers and laying her hands on some people who consulted her, men and women dotted in the park were caressing each other.

A number of faith healers and pastors have died of coronavirus across the globe while disregarding measures aimed at managing the pandemic.

***Last month, 39-year old Cameroon pastor and faith healer Frankline Ndifor died of Covid-19 having previously alleged he had cured people of the novel coronavirus by laying his hands on them.

His followers, who were praying for his resurrection, blocked entry to his home and authorities had to enter Ndifor’s home by force.

The pastor died within 10 minutes after medical personnel arrived.

*** A Virginia pastor who defied warnings about the danger of religious gatherings during the pandemic and vowed to keep preaching, “unless I’m in jail or the hospital” died in mid April after contracting Covid-19, his church said.

The pastor, Gerald O. Glenn, 66, the bishop and founder of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va, died on April 11, according to Bryan Nevers, a church elder.

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