Controversial prophet and leader of Remnant Pentecostal Church, Patrick Phillip Mugadza had prophesied that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will die today, October 17, 2017, but now has made a surprise u-turn.

It was sometime in January the prophet said in a statement that the President will die on the 17th of October 2017.

According to him, he said God told him on the 26th of December 2016, while he was praying that the 92-year-old president, who has been ruling for over 30 years, was not going to see the end of 2017.

The controversial prophet was subsequently arrested and jailed for 55 days for his prophecy. He later issued another statement telling the President that he misunderstood him as he said President Mugabe would only die if he doesn’t turn to God.

His lawyer told the BBC that his client had initially been charged with undermining the authority of the president, then “criminal nuisance” and finally “insulting people of a certain race or religion”.

“He’s admitting to the facts. He says he didn’t lie – that’s a message from God. Police will have to prove God didn’t say it,” the lawyer said.

Now, the prophet has claimed he received a fresh message from God postponing President Mugabe’s death until a later unspecified date.

“About three days ago, I received word from God saying the death of President Mugabe has been postponed to a later date which is not specified,” Pastor Mugadza told Bulawayo 24.