A 73 year old Zimbabwean pastor has reportedly died after trying to imitate Jesus Christ by fasting for 40 days. He died on 30th day.
Khulu Reinfirst Manyuka is said to have left his home on June 15, and headed for the forest to embark on the dry fast, promising his relatives that he would be back on the 40th day just like Jesus the Son of God but he died 10 days to the end of his fast.
Mr. Manyuka was known by the entire community as a faithful christian and a deeply spiritual person.
A close relative broke the news said:
“He was a very spiritual man. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way. We got news of his death a month after he undertook the fasting. He was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age.”
The police said Manyuka is not the first to die from fasting — numerous other cases have been reported recently.
“We have received such reports before, but we cannot stop the public from fasting,”
The acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna said wwile confirming Manyukas’ death.