Mugabe brought back to life? No, photoshopped image of televangelist’s South African stunt

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe died on 6 September 2019. But has he since been resurrected?

An image on Facebook shows a man with Mugabe’s face sitting up in a coffin. A jubilant crowd is seen behind.

The caption reads: “BREAKING NEWS! Mugabe amefufuka!” The Kiswahili is loosely translated as “Mugabe has risen.”

Photo from notorious Alph Lukau ‘resurrection’

But Mugabe’s face has been photoshopped onto the image.

A reverse image search shows that the original photo is among many others that went viral in February 2019 when Congolese televangelist Alph Lukau claimed to resurrect a man at his Alleluia Ministries International church in South Africa.

The “resurrected” man hadn’t died at this time and was later identified as Brighton Moyo, a Zimbabwean. A number of media houses reported that he later died in Zimbabwe.

Lukau shared the photos on Twitter with a quote from the Bible: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”

He also shared a video of the fake resurrection. The story was picked up by local and international news.

Mugabe’s face planted on Moyo was lifted from a Reuters photo taken in 29 July 2018. It was one of many used in a report on Zimbabwe’s 2018 election. – Dancan Bwire


 

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