Thirty days after he began fasting, a man described as strong Christian has died trying to fast for 40 days and 40 nights like Jesus Christ. Manyuka was known by his family and community at large as a very spiritual person. A close relative who chose to speak on condition of anonymity broke the news. “He was a very spiritual man. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way,” said the relative.
Reinfirst Manyuka, a 73-year old man from Masvingo in Zimbabwean, was reported by myzimbabwe.co.zw to have left home on 15 June and headed to a bush to conduct prayers, redirecting his attention to God, away from things of the earth. Manyuka was driven to the wilderness by the urge to emulate Christ but sadly he did not equal or break Christ’s record. “After a month we got the sad news of his death,” added the relative.
Family members said Manyuka had no history of illness. “He was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age,” revealed one family member.
The exact day of his death remains a mystery to both his family and friends as he was alone in the bush. His body was found by a stranger who then alerted the police.
The police said Manyuka is not the first to die from fasting, as numerous other cases have been reported. “We have received such reports before, but we cannot stop the public from fasting,” said the acting Masvingo police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna who confirmed Manyukas’ death.