A CONTROVERSIAL but widely popular Malawian prophet has gone where his counterparts in Zimbabwe dare not tread by prophesying that President Robert Mugabe's biological clock would not tick beyond 2015, New Zimbabwe has reported.
The Zimbabwean leader turned 90 this year but denies media reports he is battling advanced cancer although he regularly travels to Singapore for medical attention.
Mugabe, in charge of the country since independence in 1980, was elected for another five-year term in 2013 but his wife has sensationally claimed that vice president Joice Mujuru was planning to force him out at the party's elective congress in December.
Allies of the vice president have also been accused by government-owned newspapers of plotting to assassinate Mugabe should he refuse to step aside for his deputy.
However, if the claims by Prophet Austin Liyabunya are anything to go by, the assassins might as well save their bullets.
In an interview with Lilongwe-based Maravi Post Sunday, the prophet said: "Mugabe should prepare to rest."
Asked what he meant by saying "Mugabe should prepare to rest" the prophet said he meant the obvious – he will die.
Pressed on how soon this would happen, Liyabunya said, "It's a matter of months from now."
And the prophet had words of encouragement for the embattled Mujuru who is currently buffeted by allegations of corruption, plotting a coup and demands that she resigns.
Asked who would likely take over from Mugabe, Liyabunya said: "The one he is fighting within his government will take over."
According to Maravi Post the prophet accurately prophesied the momentous victory of the now ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika.
Mutharika came from the opposition to take over from the then incumbent President Joyce Banda in a hotly contested first ever tripartite election which took place on 20th May, 2014.