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An intercessory prayer session at Neno Evangelism Centre, Nairobi in 2019 led by the church’s founder Pastor James Ng’ang’a for Tanzanian gospel music songbird Rose Muhando was not staged. This is according to the early 2000s' top-selling artist who on August 23, while speaking to Wasafi TV’s ‘Sunday Worship’, said the ‘exorcism’ was the culmination of a series of prophesied events.

Back in Tanzania after a protracted stay in Kenya, Muhando explained that a prophecy made years before she unceremoniously departed from her home country in fear of her life amidst ill-health and claims of mounting debt, outlined four stages of her ‘dark days in the wilderness’. The prophecy, said Muhando, came to pass.

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“A lot has been said about my situation. Everybody could see that I was truly facing hard times. Everyone had an opinion about my predicament, including some who claimed to be prophets and came forth saying they had visions of what I was going through. That, was false,” narrated Muhando.

Muhando said the preacher warned her saying the last segment from the four-stage prophecy would apportion her a great deal of anguish as it would be the most challenging. But, the reward, if she overcame, a transition into a grander life of grace.

“Two to three years prior, before all things went south, a preacher told me, ‘When I was praying, God revealed to me four hard things that you’ll have to wade through. The last one - the fourth, will be the hardest. I saw you at the peak of a steep mountain. Tired and climbing. Then at the peak someone appeared and told you, ‘Come, do not give up’; it was Jesus. ‘If you beat this he’ll uplift you’,” she said.

The Nibebe singer noted that Pastor Ng’ang’a was on beat as the last prophecy pulsated through. “On the first day, it came to pass. After some time, a second and then a third. When the fourth occurred, and the preacher – Pastor Ng’ang’a – saw me in Nairobi, he told me ‘Rose, I can see that you are facing hardship, come I pray for you’. He did not pray for me out of the blue as many people think,” added the singer.

She went on: He (Ng’ang’a) told me that he had a prophecy from God and while he had called me to sing at his church, God told him no and that he should pray for me because I was going through a tough, rough patch. 10 days earlier, I was told I must die. Pastor Ng’ang’a was apparently shown this. When I was prayed for, I can’t recall what happened, I regained consciousness in the hospital and I wondered why I was there. I could see Solomon Mkubwa, among others, crying. I was not in perfect health. They saw this and thought I was physically sick, but I knew the fourth prophecy had been confirmed. I never spoke ill of God because he already told me. I never thought ill while I was in the valley of death. There, is where I met God.”

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Clearing the air regarding Muhando’s situation via his secretary, Pastor Ng’ang’a, at the time, stated that he simply prayed for her and insisted that he was not exorcising demons.

“She came for a church service and left. I am not in a position to talk about her now, but what I know is that we are not holding her,” said Ng’ang’a’s secretary. “I wasn’t casting demons out of the musician. She was unwell. She, therefore, requested for spiritual healing from me. I only facilitated that. Rose Muhando is like a patient in a hospital. Do you usually call the doctor to inquire about the health details of a patient you are not related to? No, you don’t. So, kindly keep off the Rose Muhando issue.”