On Good Friday, March 25, 2016 when journalists visited her home, she was not around but they met her mother Mai Maria (Mother Mary) who actually confessed that she forgot that Easter was just days away.
Amidst some serious sobs, Maria said:“I had forgotten that it is Easter. You have actually reminded me of my child’s death. This is actually one of the most painful times of my life as it reminds me of the timewhite people overseas killed my child.”
Mai Maria said Jesus died 2,000 years ago and was reincarnated as Emmanuel Dzanagare Mudyiwa in 1939. Mudyiwa died in 1989 and the spirit entered her then six-year-old daughter, Tepsy Nyanyete, in 1998.The sect believes Nyanyete, now 24, is Jesus, and refer to her as Jepsy Nyanyete, Jekia Mambo, Tenzi or Ishe Jesu.
Zimbabweans have come to know her as ‘Girl Jesus’.The followers are so faithful despite the arrest of “Mai Maria” and “Baba Josefa” years back for assaulting police officers who were rescuing 160 children at the shrine.Mrs Nyanyete said: “For us, every Friday is Easter and we remember how they killed mychild many years back. We celebrate it in our own way, with our own rituals, which include crying, singing and dancing.
“We are, however, grateful that Jesus came back, and this time, she will not die. She is not going away anymore. She is set to live forever and rule the earth.
”She led the newsmen to ‘Jesus’ bedroom where a cot, diapers, baby clothes and blankets were neatly arranged and explained that her ‘Jesus’daughter had a great passion for dolls.