Over 10 500 people have signed an online petition addressed to America’s Vice President Kamala Harris calling on her government to deport flamboyant self-styled prophet Passion Java.
Started Thursday by former MDC Alliance councillor Godfrey Kurauone, the petition has a target of 15 000.
It is also addressed to Senators: Cory A. Booker, Tim Kaine, Bernie Sanders, Charles E. Schumer, Joe Manchin III, Richard Blumenthal, Michael F. Bennet, Tammy Baldwin, Mitch McConnell, and Representative Nancy Pelosi.
The petition describes Java as a supporter of the ruling ZANU PF which is accused of “killing citizens, violating fundamental rights and stealing national resources.” Reads the petition:
While this (human rights violations) is happening, Panganai Passion Java, a self-proclaimed prophet, enjoys permanent resident status in the USA while he goes back to Zimbabwe to actively support a regime that is killing citizens, violating fundamental rights and stealing national resources. He uses State resources to move around the country buying votes for Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The State Department of the United States has through it’s Secretary of State has the power to begin the process of revoking Mr. Passion Java’s permanent resident status. The USA policy is to support freedom, democracy and prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe and to this end has imposed restrictive measures on individuals who aide human rights violations and undermine democracy in Zimbabwe. Mr. Java is one such culprit and should be sanctioned and barred from coming to the USA and his accounts frozen.
Java stays in America but has recently been in Zimbabwe where he is using his Passion Java Records and proximity to dance-hall artists to campaign for President Emmerson Mnangagwa ahead of 2023 harmonised elections.
Meanwhile, Prince Muwandi one of Java’s supporters has launched another petition in support of the prophet titled, “Appreciation of the good works done by Prophet Passion.”
The petition says Passion Java does Charity work, encouraging the youth to stop drugs, to work, conduct projects, promote the music industry, preach the Gospel and support good works done by president Mnangagwa.
The United States has in the past sanctioned individuals and organisations believed to be aiding the ruling party.