‘Dead men tell no lies’
Preacher claims to raise people from the dead but puts exceptions
By Staff Reporter
All roads in Arusha seemed to have lead to the Railway Station grounds where pastor Josephat Gwajima has been conducting a larger-than-usual meeting. He boasts to be able to “raise the dead!”.
The Dar-es-salaam based cleric, set camp in Arusha from last Friday, September 27th intending to be preaching in the city until next Sunday the 7th of October, 2013.
“There is nothing strange or weird in raising the dead, it is very clearly stated in the Bible right from the old to the new Testament, said Mr Gwajima. He revealed a ‘testimony’ in which he claimed to have so far brought back to life 450 formerly ‘dead’ persons in his resurrection portfolio.
To substantiate the claims, Pastor Gwajima paraded four alleged ‘zombies’ on stage, who professed to have been dead years ago but came back to the land of the living after miraculous prayers.
He ordered the ‘resurrected’ to speak for themselves and challenged anybody who still does not believe to buy a recorded DVDs featuring episodes in which the said dead persons were being raised from their graves.
But Pastor Gwajima is far from defying death altogether; “I do not oppose people dying, it is just that nobody should face premature death either through witchcraft or other dubious causes, he stated adding that people should die from the age of 70 but not younger than that and certainly not through dark magic.
Thousands of Arusha residents have been flocking to Pastor Gwajima’s crusade rally, many vowing to test the preacher’s claims of raising people from the dead by submitting names and photos of newly dead friends and relatives to the meeting hoping for the best.
But Gwajima pointed out that he only raises those who died under abnormal circumstances such witchcraft or those transformed into zombies.
“This is my first ever open-air public rally to be held in Tanzania and I am starting the trend in Arusha before moving to Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Mwanza, Morogoro, Dodoma, Iringa and other regions,” said Gwajima who presided a big church (of resurrection and life) in Dar-es-salaam city.
In the past, Gwajima, though based in Dar, had been preaching mostly in Europe, United States and Asia.
“My preaching is not for self-enrichment,” maintained Mr Gwajima boasting to be the wealthiest church minister in the country, “I am the only pastor who owns a helicopter (chopper), he said and to attest the fact he drove into the venue in a flashy red Hummer which was escorted by a high-end Toyota Land-cruiser VX among other modern works.
The loudspeakers used for his sermon also happen to be both larger and louder than life, with deafening outputs that are said to be heard from as far as Tengeru, some 15 kilometres from the Arusha city centre.