Self-professed prophet Shamiso Kanyama died during a healing ceremony after insisting that his followers bury him alive.
Five people are appearing in the high court in Zimbabwe facing charges of murder for participating in the death of prophet Shamiso Kanyama.
The court was told on July 30th 2012 that Kanyama had asked his followers to bury him alive, so that he could ‘summon more cleansing powers’ to heal a family that had been plagued by mysterious deaths.
After pegging out an area in front of the hut of a local religious man, Father Zvidzai, Kanyama actively participated in digging his own grave. Once finished, he laid face down in the grave and ordered his helpers to begin shovelling soil onto his body.
An onlooker, Joseph Taderera, fearing for the life of the prophet said:
“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.”
Unsurprisingly, Kanyama died shortly after being buried alive. The five family members who participated in the ceremony, Leanmore Mutero, Tonderai Muswere, Michael Muchengeti, Manasa Mutero and Nicholas Mutero were arrested.
It is unclear how the funeral arrangements will be made.