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Rallies for the resurrected line pockets of the pious

By: Jared Knoll

Arusha – Pastor Josephat Gwagima is an internationally renowned Christian preacher who holds rallies and markets his message throughout Africa, Europe and North America. He told this reporter with exuberance he is the wealthiest preacher in all of Tanzania, perhaps all of Africa, and demonstrates this fact by his ownership of a private helicopter, several houses and a fleet of hummers and other high-end SUVs.

Gwagima RallyLast month he began his first ever series of open air rallies in his home country of Tanzania. He’s doing nine of them, lasting about two weeks each. His first began in Arusha, considered the de facto capital of East Africa by many.

On the first night he paraded four people whom he claims died, and were then resurrected by his divine powers. Tens of thousands showed up to behold his gifts and messages, bearing gifts of their own — hard currency to prove their faith and devotion.

 

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