DID you see where First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa was seated during last Friday’s Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress that was held in Harare? Did you see how composed she was as she sat among other delegates? Did you see how much she sat at ease even as it was announced that she had donated food hampers to the approximately 7 000 delegates?
Just rewind a few months ago, you will understand why the issue about the First Lady has become topical in our beloved country. As a responsible Bishop I won’t take you back to that traumatising era. The Holy Book in Proverbs 3 vs 10-13 warns us that: “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.”
First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa is quite refreshing. Mukadzi kwaye, kwete mujamba jecha. Marujata! No names please. The Zanu-PF delegates “suddenly reformed” and they took us back to the original Zanu-PF slogan that praises the party and the leader only. Kwete mahumbwe ekuti “Pamberi naFirst Lady! Munhu wese kuna Amai!” Amai vaani? Don’t we all have our lovely mothers?
So mukaona First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa seated at the high table during Zanu-PF meetings mobva maziva kuti kaproblem kedu kaya kava kuda kudzoka. Mukanzwa kwonzi “Pamberi naFirst Lady!” or “Munhu wese kuna Amai” just know that demoni riya radzoka. Tose toti “Puma Satan!”
But let me not be unfair to the President himself. President Mnangagwa is also quite refreshing. Actually, he is a cool President. Can you imagine some people refer to him simply as “ED” and he is cool with it?
As I was watching, President ED during the Congress, I said to myself, we have a cool President here. When the Zanu-PF national spokesperson mistakenly referred to him as His Excellency President Mugabe, President Mnangagwa saw the funny side of it and smiled. That’s what a cool President does because, surely, after 37 years knowing one leader, people like Cde Simon Khaya Moyo are bound to have some residue from the past.
But I have to warn you good people, being a cool President does not mean a weak President. Ngwena will always be Ngwena. Did you hear the President saying “Ask the ministers if it’s still business as usual in Government?” Don’t say I didn’t warn you. In March next year, expect some mini-earthquake.
During my last sermon, I warned that “President Mnangagwa is not some ice-cream” and makavanzwa voga vachiti musandinanzve vanhuwee. “The praise song I desire, if you were to sing one, is that of our national anthem and those from the liberation struggle, not for myself, no!
“If you sing the national anthem, if you sing those national songs, then me and you are together,” President Mnangagwa told delegates.
Vagonzwa here vamwe vacho. Soon after this, some provinces started singing songs praising the President. Chakabaya chikatyokera. Anyway, old habits die hard.
Talking of old habits, looks like the MDC-T hasn’t learnt a thing since its formation in 1999. We are fully aware that the MDC-T is broke and we also know that Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti didn’t have enough funds for Christmas, but what on earth were the two doing in the US over the past few days?
The two did what Morgan Tsvangirai did during the formative years of the MDC and they should ask him how much that boob to Europe was used at each and every turn by Zanu-PF to lynch him. I know some are still not sure, but Bishop Lazarus is dead sure that – that trip of shame to the US – was the final push into oblivion for the MDC-T.
Biti and Chamisa even tried to put up brave faces as they defended themselves against angry Zimbabweans. It’s a shame really because while the puppets had gone back to the sender, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) was pouring $1,5 billion into Zimbabwe to revive the productive sector to stimulate more exports.
And while the MDC-T was busy finishing itself, the IMF was showing that it is warming up to President Mnangagwa’s vision for Zimbabwe. “They presented their 2018 Budget on December 7th and that Budget stresses that the Government’s intention to re-impose budget discipline, reform and open the economy and engage with the broader international community . . .
“In this regard, the clarification and simplification of what’s called the indigenisation policy is a step in the right direction,” said IMF spokesman William Murray.
You all know that Bishop Lazarus is convinced that these imperialist and capitalist institutions were never created to save and serve countries of the South, but even when the devil speaks, let’s listen. That is the only way we will know what the devil is up to.
Just a warning to the MDC-T, a few months ago, the G40 cabal in Zanu-PF got to the river and they saw still waters. Like little puppies, the cabal was fooled by the still waters. They started jumping around, criss-crossing the river with reckless abandon. Some even started urinating in the river.
Then “Ngwena” splashed the still waters and in a flash the G40 cabal was gone. Gone, gone?
Now the MDC-T has to be warned. Ngwena is not Gushungo. President Mnangagwa is going to do things his own way. He went for the G40 criminals that had surrounded former President Mugabe. Criminals in the opposition should know that “Operation Restore Legacy” is an ongoing exercise.
Let me not say much for now. Pane aimbofunga kuti those army tanks could roll into the streets of Harare? Please Bishop Lazarus restrain yourself.
President Mnangagwa is still setting up his Government and Zanu-PF teams. His appointments should tell the opposition that there is a new game in town. Parikuda kurohwa basa kwete mbichana.
The opposition and its activists have been crying foul that the President is militarising Government and others are crying foul saying vari kuzadza masoja and war veterans muZanu-PF.
Well, what did you dear congregants expect? Didn’t you see the war veterans fighting in President Mnangagwa’s corner? Didn’t you see how “Operation Restore Legacy” restored the legacy?
After showing such loyalty and sacrificing a lot, you can’t expect President Mnangagwa to suddenly discard these comrades who cleared his way to power. Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty macomrades!
Don’t we know the famous statement which says: “Look out for the people who look out for you. Loyalty is everything.” American author Mario Puzo puts it differently when he says: “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army lies in its loyalty to each other.” Proverbs 17 vs 17 says: “Loyalty is unwavering in good times and bad times.”
With elections coming in 2018, President Mnangagwa has to come up with a winning team. If the opposition and their activists think the President’s team is not a winning team, democracy will give them a chance next year to express themselves.
Meanwhile, I repeat – Ngwena is not Gushungo. Short but very loaded statement. Muchaziva henyu kuti ndorevei.
Bishop is out!
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