Zanu PF wars turn biblical

ZANU PF wars to succeed President Robert Mugabe have turned biblical as senior party officials stampede to make Bible references in a bid to advance certain political points.

Recently, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko delved into the succession debate using a biblical analogy to drive home the point that when Mugabe appointed his deputies he was not anointing anyone to succeed him.

“You see, what happens is that you cannot anoint yourself; you can’t do that. You have to be anointed by someone. Go to the Bible and look at how King Solomon was appointed.

“David was very sick, he was very frail and one of his sons, Adonijah, slaughtered over 50 beasts and anointed himself, assisted by Joab, who was a general in the army. Joab and Adonijah were working together. In the meanwhile, the reality happened and David installed Solomon and those who had anointed themselves failed completely. Those are lessons you must learn,” Mphoko said in an apparent jibe directed at Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo was quick to back Mphoko as he wrote on his micro-blogging site, twitter account, that the vice president had used the Bible to expose the “myth that Mnangagwa is a Joshua”!

Mphoko and Mnangagwa have previously contradicted each other on several occasions. When the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) saga broke out last year, Mphoko claimed that Cabinet ministers could only be arrested with the approval of the president.

Parroting Mphoko’s recent thinking on the subject, First Lady Grace Mugabe last week quoted the biblical story of Adonijah who anointed himself King after realising that David was ill before the plan backfired spectacularly when the King overlooked him and chose Solomon instead.

In the Bible, Adonijah gathered his friends, and among them Joab, the general of the army, and Abiathar, one of the two high-priests, and they had a great feast, and were about to crown Adonijah as king.

When word came to King David in the palace, though old and feeble, was still wise he said: “Let us make Solomon king at once and thus put an end to the plans of these men.”

So at David’s command, they brought out the mule on which no one but the king was allowed to ride; and they placed Solomon upon it; and with the king’s guards, and the nobles, and the great men, they brought the young Solomon down to the valley of Gihon, south of the city and crowned him king.

Also last week, Zanu PF youth leader Kudzani Chipanga described ruling party officials as donkeys labelling Mugabe as Zanu PF’s Jesus.

“Let me tell you this, we are all donkeys, just like the one which carried Jesus and this includes every Zanu PF member, ministers, politburo members and vice presidents,” he said.

“You can only get recognition if you have Mugabe . . . He is our Jesus, you can only get a ministerial post if you have Mugabe, you can only get anything you want if Mugabe allows it, without which you are nothing.”

The Zanu PF youth leader, who makes it a habit to quote scriptures in his bootlicking of Mugabe, saying the 93-year-old ruler must be honoured for liberating Zimbabweans.

“He is our Messiah . . . He is second to Jesus. He is our liberator,” he said.

“We honour God and we honour our Jesus. Thirdly, we honour President Robert Mugabe.

“He is our liberator. When Jesus came, he liberated this world. When president Mugabe came, he liberated us during his lifetime. So, why not honour him?”

Chipanga made similar remarks in Marondera during Mugabe’s first youth interface rally. He claimed Mugabe was the black Jesus. —Blessings Mashaya

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