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Prophet dies after asking followers to bury him alive to strengthen his healing powers

By Mason White 12:11 PM June 8, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A man died after he asked his followers to bury him alive so he can heal them.

Self-proclaimed prophet Shamiso Kanyama of Muzarabani, Zimbabwe, accidentally died during a healing ceremony.

Kanyama ordered his followers to dig a grave and bury him alive so that he can summon more healing powers.

However, when Kanyama did not come out of his grave, the soil was removed and he was found dead.

Five members of the family were arrested and charged with murder.

High Court Justice Owen Tagu heard that on the day in question, the five men asked their priest, Zvidzai Muchengeti, for help to cleanse their home of evil spirits, which caused mysterious deaths in their family.

Kanyama was invited to the home to conduct the cleansing ceremony.

Kanyama allegedly told the family that the cleaning process entails him being buried alive so that he can summon more powers to ward off evil spirits.

Father Zvidzai told the court that Kanyama, helped dig the grave and then prayed before jumping inside. While laying face down, he ordered the family members to cover him with soil.

Joseph Taderera told Justice Tagu that as the men were in the process of filling the pit, he asked the five men to stop, but Kanyama urged them to continue.

“I warned the men about the danger of their actions, but my advice fell on deaf ears because Kanyama shouted, telling me that I am disturbing his angels, and urged them to continue filling the grave, saying that he would later come out alive,” Taderera said.

When the prophet failed to return, the family dug up the grave and found that he was already dead.

The five family members who participated in the burial, were charged with murder in the death of Kanyama.