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Another Resurrection Miracle Flops

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IN a reincarnation of a South African fake resurrection miracle, a Highfield family had to abandon burial for their deceased child, Dephine Mutemeri after being assured by prophetesses that their dead relative was still alive.

The family which lost a Form Four girl could not continue burial rituals at Granville Cemetery yesterday after two apostolic women came to the cemetery claiming that the girl was still alive.

Residents were still gathered by the family house late last night in anticipation of witnessing the FIRST Lazarus moment in Zimbabwe.

The two prophetesses had beefed up late last night with the addition of a madzibaba and they vowed to have accomplished their mission of raising the dead girl to life overnight.

The family had to take the body of Dephine Mutemeri home after being misled by the prophets that the girls was alive.

Several theories carried the day with the major theory suggesting that the girl was alive and had taken two glasses of water after the resurrection.

Some said the burial had been stopped due to commotion while others insisted that the family wanted to have a proper burial that had been disturbed.

Police had to be called in to disperse the crowd which wanted to witness the miracles at the family home in New Canaan in Highfield while the family gave way to the prophets to ‘raise’ the girl from the dead.

Dephine died after complaining of a headache and her body was taken to Runyararo Funeral Parlour for two days and on the burial day, all drama ensued which saw the family leader stopping funeral proceedings as some relatives insisted that the prophets could have been telling the truth.

“The girl’s uncle could not continue with burial ritual as some sections believed that the girl was still alive.
“The uncle was under a lot of pressure and he could have bowed down to pressure for fear of the backlash that he could have buried a living person.

“He had to order the hearse to drive to Southlea Park Police Base fleeing from mourners who demanded that the resurrection miracle be conducted,” said a family member who preferred anonymity.

They insisted that Dephine was removed from the coffin and went home with others after being brought to life by the two apostolic madzimai who insisted that she was alive.

To add weight to the theory, several mourners insisted the coffin be opened so that women of God conduct rituals to raise Dephine.
“We went to Southlea Park Police Base with the body and the women could not raise the girl and we then proceeded home for further rituals after insistence that the girl would resurrect,” said a family member.

The family member said it had been works of evil spirits and the girl would be brought to life by the prophetesses.

Some family members insisted that the girl was dead but succumbed to pressure from mourners that Dephine was alive prompting them to abandon burial.

Family sources said there was pressure from mourners that if the family buried the girl then they would have probably buried the girl alive.

“Some family members insisted that the girl was really dead but because of divisions they just thought of postponing the burial.

“Time was also running out so the only other option was to go back home.
“Burying Dephine could have been a Herculean task considering the number of people who insisted that the girl was still alive,” a family member said.

In many African traditions, when a grave is prepared, it is taboo that the pit is left open overnight without family members guarding it.H-METRO

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Perence Shiri, Zimbabwe Agriculture Minister Dies

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Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perence Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

Perence Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined the government in 2017, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, two government sources said. He died in the early hours of Wednesday.

“Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country,” Mnangagwa said in a statement. He did not say how Shiri died.

But domestic media said Shiri, 65, succumbed to complications from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, which has infected 2,817 and killed 40 in Zimbabwe.

A liberation war veteran,Perrence Shiri had a chequered past. He commanded the army’s Fifth Brigade unit that carried out the 1980s massacres of thousands of civilians in western Zimbabwe as the government sought to quell an insurgency.

The army massacres, known as ‘Gukurahundi’, a Shona term meaning the ‘early rain that washes away the chaff’, remain a sore point for the people of the Matabeleland region, many of whom demand justice and reparations.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change accused Perence Shiri of being among the security chiefs who organised violence against its members after Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential vote in 2008.Reuters

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US buys nearly all of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug Remdesivir

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The US is buying nearly all the next three months’ projected production of Covid-19 treatment Remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead.

The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals. Tests suggest Remdesivir cuts recovery times, though it is not yet clear if it improves survival rates.

Gilead did sign a licensing deal in May for production outside the US but it is still in its early stages.

“President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. A course of treatment in the US will cost $2,340 (£1,900).

Nine companies can make the drug under licence outside the US for distribution in 127 mostly poorer countries, and the cost is lower. But the project is still in its early stages.

Additional quantities are being manufactured for use in clinical trials. But critics say the US move to buy up so much stock from Gilead itself undermines international co-operation on COVID, given that other countries have taken part in trials of Remdesivir, originally an anti-viral against Ebola.

“The trial that gave the result that allowed Remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US. There were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places,” Oxford University’s Prof Peter Horby told BBC Radio 4.

He said the move also had implications for any possible future vaccine, with the need for “a much stronger framework if we are going to develop these things and they’re going to be used for national emergencies”.

Senior Sussex University lecturer, Ohid Yaqub, said: “It so clearly signals an unwillingness to co-operate with other countries and the chilling effect this has on international agreements about intellectual property rights.”Some in the US have criticised the purchase price, as taxpayer money had helped fund Remdesivir’s development.BBC

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17 new Zimbabwe Covid-19 cases confirmed

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Seventeen new cases of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe, a majority of which are from quarantine facilities were reported yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 591.

From the cases confirmed yesterday, 13 involved returnees from South Africa, one from Botswana while three were local transmissions. The Ministry of Health and Child Care daily update shows that one of the cases confirmed as a local transmission had to contact with a known confirmed case.

Investigations are, however, underway to establish the source of infection for the two other local transmissions. Cases of recoveries also continue to increase with the latest statistics from the update standing at 162, leaving the country with 421 active COVID 19 cases.

The latest recoveries were reported from Mashonaland East (3), Mashonaland Central (2), Bulawayo (2), Matabeleland North (2), Mashonaland West (1) and Manicaland (1). The number of people who have died from the virus remains at seven.

“To date, the total number of confirmed cases is 591, recovered 162, active cases, 422 and seven deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020,” reads part of the update.

Zimbabwe has so far conducted 67 755 tests for Covid-19 from which, 30 711 were diagnostic tests while the remaining were rapid tests done for screening purposes. The Herald

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