|President bags votes|
|Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:00|
From Emilia Zindi and Kuda Bwititi in Marange
Passover also attended by the First Couple, said President Mugabe was an African icon respected throughout the continent.
Addressing the same gathering, President Mugabe called on Zimbabweans to reject political parties who believe that the black man is not capable of prospering without the assistance of Westerners.
The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and senior Zanu-PF officials, reminded the more than 70 000 congregants that the Western colonisers invaded Africa with the Bible for the sole purpose of robbing the continent of its natural resources.
“Vauya naro Bible, pavakauya naro apoka ndipo patinopesena navo. Raakushandiswa zvino kuti kunaMwari mumwe chete tenderai kuti mwana wacho ndiJeso.
The President said as the country heads for harmonised elections, it was important for the Church and the rest of the Zimbabweans to realise that it was Zanu-PF that brought independence.
He said the party was the only political outfit that had the needs of indigenous people at heart, adding that some political parties such as the MDC-T were promising to reverse the land reform programme if they win the July 31 elections.
“Some of the political parties are saying once they get into power they are going to give back the land to the white former farmers because they are the only ones capable of using the black people to work on the land. Is that what we want?’’ queried the President.
“Vanoda kuti tirambe tichinzi boy, boy . . . handikure sei? inga bvudzi rangu rachena. Kwete, ndiyo nyaya iripamoyo pedu kuti tizvitonge, tizvinunure, tikupei pfungwa dzekuzvitonga.
The President also castigated the foreign ideologies being pushed by the MDC formations.
“Surely, how can that happen allowing a man and a man to marry? Where will the offspring come from?
A church elder from Angola, Mr Elis Joao Francisco Miguel, who also attended the gathering, said President Mugabe was a respected leader throughout on the continent.
“We have a huge responsibility on our hands and that is to protect our leaders. You (President Mugabe) are a shining example of leadership and the people of Zimbabwe are blessed to have you. We will protect you through our prayers and we also want you to win the elections and continue with your great leadership.”
A church elder from Mozambique, Mr Liazano Framuaio, disclosed that the church was praying for President Mugabe to win the elections.
“You were given to us by God and we will always be behind you. We know that it is not a coincidence that you are just friends with our leader (Noah Taguta) because you are two messengers who have a common mission to better the lives of your people.”
Meanwhile, the First Lady continued with her philanthropic work as she donated an assortment of school uniforms, food and clothing worth thousands of dollars to the church.