Fired workers turn to n’angas, prophets

TRADITIONAL healers and prophets say they have been recording brisk business of late, as “desperate” workers flock to them for help after losing their jobs.\r\n\r\n\r\nThis comes in the wake of job losses reported following the July 17, 2015 Supreme Court ruling that upheld employers’ rights to fire workers on three months’ notice.\r\n\r\nZimbabwe Traditional Healers Association (Zinatha) president George Kandiero confirmed the development to the WeekendPost, saying retrenched workers consulted faith healers in numbers.\r\n\r\n“As Africans, we believe in consulting people with spiritual eyes to help solve our problems and owing to this, traditional healers were overwhelmed by retrenched workers seeking solutions to overcome their problems.\r\n\r\n“We try to give them hope and strength to move on through professional counselling.”\r\nKandiero said it is difficult to find the exact number of people who benefit positively from consulting traditional healers.\r\n\r\n“It is difficult to prove but I hope most people benefited a lot from the counselling exercises,” he said.\r\n\r\nAs the country is grappling with job losses, traditional healers have upped their game through advertising and marketing specialised services, especially in the print media with the intention of luring people affected by the July 17 ruling.\r\n\r\nOne traditional healer by the name Dr Anganga claimed to be the panacea for people’s problems.\r\n\r\n“Quick job and promotion; get luck and remove bad luck,” reads part of the advert placed by Anganga in one of the local tabloids.\r\nOther traditional healers went on to advertise controversial financial solutions in the form of (chitaka) wallet.\r\n\r\nCharismatic preacher Paul Sanyangore of the Mbare-based Victory World International Ministries said it is not only those who were affected by the job losses that sought help from spiritual leaders but also those still employed as well.\r\n\r\n“Hundreds of people thronged our church for divine help soon after the July 17 Supreme Court ruling. “Some were asking for divine protection at their workplaces while others came looking to reverse the situation as they had been retrenched,” said Sanyangore.\r\n\r\nHe added that people who came to his church benefited a lot from God’s favour and up to now, were bringing their testimonies.\r\n“Some were recalled at their workplaces while others found new jobs and opportunities.\r\n\r\n“Testimonies are still coming,” claims Sanyangore, who recently launched his new anointing water in Harare. Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Johannes Ndanga said he is still to receive “news of retrenched people consulting prophets under the ACCZ”.\r\n\r\n“People should realise that ‘July 17 Supreme Court ruling’ came as a national crisis not an individual problem. “Hence it is sheer wastage of time trying to solve a national problem individually. Kungoti chete vanhu vanga vajaira kumukira (It is only that people are used to going to work) but they should understand that it is not an individual crisis,” said Ndanga.\r\n\r\nHigh turnout of people at prophetic gatherings has also been attributed to high levels of poverty in the country by some analysts.— Vasco Chaya