31 March 2017
A POLICE officer on Tuesday unconventionally removed his police
hat and shoes to consult a self-styled prophet at a shrine in
The unidentified male officer was accompanied by three white
ladies when they visited Madzibaba Stephen, real name Stephen
Mugariri, of Johanne Masowe YeChishanu.
“Nhamo yavarova zvakadii officer kubvisa bhutsu nengowani
yebasa, vadii kutanga vabvisa uniform yechipurisa vozouya
nevarungu vavo kwete zvekupfekera uniform kupindira queue,” one
of the people waiting to consult Madzibaba was heard saying as
the police officer entered the shrine along with the three
Madzibaba Stephen made headlines on Star FM at Tilda Live show
where he claimed to return evil acts ‘back to sender.’
H-Metro established that Madzibaba Stephen was forced to
conduct his prayers at a shrine away from where he is a tenant
after landlords in St Mary’s clashed over the amount they were
charging people accommodated overnight waiting to consult him.
“Two landlords nearly fought in St Mary’s over differences in
amount they were charging people who were looking for overnight
accommodation,” said one of the eye witnesses of the wrangle.
“Madzibaba Stephen’s neighbours were cashing almost US$50 daily
to accommodate 10 people in one room who failed to get the
first numbers to be served.
“Even unemployed youth were cashing in for selling numbers to
people who came from various parts of the country to consult
“At this shrine people who break stones for sale are also
complaining because vehicles parked near their place are at
“As for maize fields, vendors have destroyed them as they
prepare places to cook food for sale to people waiting in long
queues,” he said.
H-Metro took almost an hour to meet Madzibaba Stephen after his
security people refused to entertain anyone not booked.