Johane Masowe eChishanu Vadzidzi VaJesu Church founder Aaron Mhukuta Gomo, commonly known as Madzibaba Wimbo, has died.

He was 96.

Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha confirmed his death.

Wimbo reportedly predicted the rise of Robert Mugabe years before he was known in political circles.

Since 2014, Wimbo’s life has been a roller coaster as different Zanu PF factions and sections of the armed forces reportedly pestered him to anoint a Mugabe successor.

Sources say he was President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s personal spiritual advisor. Wimbo was once abducted for several months after assisting Mnangagwa and the military to deal with the Grace Mugabe led G40 faction..

The ascendancy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa provided fresh fighting grounds between the followers and family of Madzibaba Wimbo.

The church is also reported to have abducted the revered religious leader from his homestead to a shrine and his family has fought over control of the 96-year-old prophet.