The President of Malawi has rejected an alleged death prophecy made by a controversial Nigerian televangelist. President Peter Mutharika said he is not going to die before 1 April, contrary to what televangelist TB Joshua is believed to have claimed.
"I'm told there is a man in Nigeria called Joshua and he is saying that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Peter Mutharika will die before April 1," he said during a rally in Malawi's capital Lilongwe, according to Malawi's Nyasa Times.
"Let me tell you, Joshua... you will fail. What you did in 2012 will not happen again this year," said Mutharika. He was referring to the death of his brother and Malawi's leader at the time, Bingu wa Mutharika, who suffered a fatal heart attack after TB Joshua predicted that an African leader would die.
The leader also claimed that TB Joshua is not a real prophet as he failed to predict the 2014 collapse of his church in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, that killed 116 people.
Mutharika added he does not intend to retire before the 2019 election and said his party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is tackling issues affecting Malawi, where at least 2.8 million people are facing hunger due to a severe drought.
"Let me tell you, [I] am not going anywhere, I am not resigning. I am here as president up to 2014, in 2029 I will campaign for a DPP candidate."