Malawi minister sacrifices goats to 'save' President By REX CHIKOKO in Blantyre | Monday, February 13  2012 at  16:07

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW 

One of Malawi’s ministers shocked many last Wednesday when he offered animal sacrifice to gods to spare President Bingu wa Mutharika’s life following a recent prophesy by Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua.

Lands minister Yunus Mussa must have been jolted by the prophecy that one of Africa’s old presidents would die this year.

Mr Mussa, who is also second vice-president in the ruling party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), accompanied by reporters from national broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), went to private Mai Aisha Primary School in Lilongwe with three live goats to make the offering.

Quick ceremony

According to a report in Nyasa Times, Mr Mussa told the sources at the school that he was concerned that the prophecy might have referred to the 79-year-old Mutharika and wanted God to spare him.

The minister also took with him a sheikh, who conducted the ‘sacrifice ceremony’ and the meat was shared among the pupils and teachers at the school.

One source said a quick ceremony of Islamic prayers the followed, but was not broadcasted on instructions from the authorities.

“The minister was not happy that people would be so callous to wish their president dead,” said the source.

Since TB Joshua’s prophecy was made known to Malawians, comments has been flouting on the social media and other publications that indicated that the prophecy might come to pass in the country.

That was not the first time President Mutharika’s death was being speculated. Last year, rumours were rife in country that the President had died when he went on holiday in Macau China, after attending a Commonwealth Head of States and Government meeting in Australia.

However, President Mutharika came back saying he was disappointed by the death speculations and asserted that he was in his best health.