JOHANE Marange apostolic sect leaders spent two days massaging and bathing the late high priest Noah Taguta’s body with hot water in a sure but vain hope it would resurrect, NewZimbabwe can exclusively reveal.
NewZimbabwe can also reveal a ferocious tug-of-war between the white garmented and beard-keeping sect leaders over the late cleric’s death.
We have it on good authority that the sect leaders kept Taguta’s death a secret for two days and only announced the sad news only after they had given up on the resurrection effort which went on for two days and two nights.
Members of the Taguta family confided with NewZimbabwe that the priest died on Thursday last week but was only announced early Sunday morning after fervent efforts to bring him back to life failed.
The sect’s counsels, for the two days, blocked his sons from accessing their father’s body as they performed their rituals and warned them against announcing his demise hoping they would succeed in their undertaking.
Close relatives to the Taguta family, confirmed the squabbles to NewZimbabwe during his burial at the sacred summit of Chinyamukumba Mountain in Mafararikwa village, Mutare West constituency.
The relatives, who declined to be named, said church prophets chased Taguta’s sons away from his palace.