Ambilikile Mwasapile (76 or 78 years old in 2011) is a Tanzanian retired priest of the Lutheran Church who uses a tree known as mugariga to make a non-flavored drink which he administers to patients reporting various chronic diseases.
Rev. Mwasapile lives in Samunge village in Loliondo, near Ngorongoro in northern Tanzania, an area marked by the proximity of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic mountain top depression and game park with various big game.
Vision of healing
Rev. Mwasapile told people at that time that he had a vision in which he was instructed to make the potion he administers. His vision was of a tree that provided medicine and that many people would come to be healed. Upon waking, in the daily routine that followed, he claimed to have met a woman who had HIV, and she told him that she came for medicine. Rev. Mwasapile claims to have followed a vision, gone into the bush, and taken portions of the tree as directed.
Reports of healing from Rev. Mwasapile potion spread, and he began to sell the concoction. At one point in 2011 the treatment was quite popular, although its popularity trailed off when it became clear that the potion was not the cure-all many thought it to be.
Newspaper reports regularly picked up what notable visitor had been to the place, Notables who have visited Rev. Mwasapile include legislators and cabinet ministers locally, and scores of personalities especially from eastern Africa, among are cited the wife of DRC president Joseph Kabila.