Zim pastor claims Ethiopian Airlines crash prophecy

It is possible that Prophet Fadzai simply backdated a post and got a few members of his church to comment and share and voila! Interestingly, there is no record of the same post on his Twitter TL.

CLAIMS | A Zimbabwean pastor has claimed prophecy of Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on Sunday.

Prophet Moses Fadzai, or Jay Moses as he prefers to call himself, on Sunday shared a purported January 3, 2018, post alerting his followers to the supposed prophecy in which he “saw Ethiopian Airlines destined for a country in Africa trying to land but the wind was powerfully affecting its landing.”

“The pilot was forcing to land [sic] and the wing hit the tarmac on the runway, I saw fire and ambulances.This flight was carrying ‘Very Important People,’” the Zimbabwean ‘man of God’ claims.

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Flight 302 Boeing 737 MAX-8 crashed six minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, killing all 157 people, including Ugandan Amos Namanya, onboard.

Read: Ethiopian Airlines Crash: New Boeing jet makes history with two fatal accidents in first year

The captain of the ill-fated Flight ET302 plane had told controllers at Bole airport that he was having difficulty and wanted to return, the airline chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam said Sunday.

The plane is said to have nose-dived although Fadzai ‘saw’ it on the runway with the wings taking the impact.

“I don’t know if they were servants of God or investors,but they benefit that nation,” Fadzai, of Charis Missionary Church, said of the ‘VIPs’ claim.  “We must pray that there wont be loss of life, we must pray that the pilot must not fight the wind.”

“I saw this clearly, it will be on World News! It is a plan to tarnish the image of the airline because there have been a lot of mishaps of late.”

Fadzai, a little known pastor from Harare, claims in a profile published on his page that he previously worked in former President Robert Mugabe’s government as a bomb disposal technician.

The 32-year-old claims to be a qualified computer systems analyst and designer with training in EOD Robotics in Ankara,Turkey, and in security and risk management.

His prophecy claim comes a fortnight after South African pastor Alph Lukau was forced into apology after his claim of raising a man from the dead backfired spectacularly with three funeral homes threatening legal actions against his Alleluyah International Ministries for using their brand in a “fake” miracle.

It later emerged that there was no record of a Brighton ‘Elliot’ Moyo — the Zimbabwean used for Lazarus — having died from any hospital as claimed, nor of a body at a funeral hospital by his name. There was also no death certificate and travel documents despite claims by the church that the body was being transported to Zimbabwe.

Pastor Lukau swallowed his tongue and issued an apology through his church, claiming later that the Lazarus in his miracle had already arisen and was alive and kicking when the coffin was delivered to his church.

Claims of miracles has become a common theme in evangelical contemporary churches, especially on the African continent when unscrupulous ‘pastors’ prey on naivety of believers to keep them hooked with fake miracles or prophecies.

In most cases, the so-called prophecies are revealed to followers after the event, like a local ‘prophet’ recently released a shot clip in which he was reading prophecies from a notebook that foresaw the crisis at MTN Uganda.


Following Fadzai’s claims, itried to look into the prophetic claims. The January 3, 2018 post had received 148 likes, 28 comments and was shared nine times.

However, while Fadzai made the post on Facebook, there is no record of the same on his integrated Twitter account. Integrated accounts mean what is posted on Facebook is published on Twitter and the reverse, too, was functional until last year.

But in the case of Fadzai, there is none on his Twitter handle, not even for what he posted on Sunday alerting his followers of the prophecy coming to pass. His first tweet of 2018 was on April 13, a good morning video clip.

Facebook Inc. had not yet responded to our queries about Fadzai’s claims, but investigations show it could have been backdated.

In March 2014, Facebook introduced backdating posts, which is similar to scheduling one’s posts for the future. However, instead of posting for a future date, the post will be nestled in one’s timeline at the past date of their choosing.

In Facebook’s logic, backdating would help when converting a Facebook account from a profile page to a business page. This allows exporting highly engaged posts to the new feature to keep the new followers or audience hooked to the page.

But what Facebook has done is giving an open chance to users to backdate events or posts in a way that is deceptive, what Deanna Zaucha, a content marketing coordinator for webs and Pagemodo, terms as “brainstorming a new way to spin the post for the present or future.”

For a tech-savvy Fadzai, this comes so easy. As long as you have a few members of your church ready to comment on the backdated post, all their comments will feature as “a year ago” depending on the back date.

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