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Chamisa won’t rule, vows Chiwenga

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday vowed that MDC leader Nelson Chamisa will never take over as president, saying no opposition leader will ever rule the country.

BY NUNURAI JENA

Addressing Zanu PF supporters in Zvimba yesterday at a “thank you rally” organised for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chiwenga — who led the military coup against former president Robert Mugabe in November last year — launched an unrestrained verbal attack on Chamisa.

He described the opposition leader, who is an Apostolic Faith Mission pastor, as a false prophet and a “little bishop”.

The VP — who resurfaced last week after a long absence from public events amid reports that he was seriously ill — declared that there was no vacancy at State House.

“We hear that this young preacher is going around telling people that he is on his way to State House. That is wishful thinking,” charged Chiwenga.
“There is no vacancy at State House now and forever for opposition parties.”

He described Chamisa’s supporters as blind.

“We are saying [this] to you blind ones who could not see and voted for this little bishop — the false prophet. He elects himself and the fire refuses to light up. He elects himself and the birds return to the podium,” the VP said.

Chiwenga was referring to the Gwanzura Stadium incident where Chamisa struggled to light what his party described as a “democracy flame” and released 19 doves.

“This is what Jehovah says, we do not want to play with the name of Jehovah to that extent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa also fired a broadside at Chamisa, saying he was abusing the democracy ushered in following former president Robert Mugabe’s ouster by the military.

“We are doing government programmes to feed the nation like command agriculture and when some people are full, they abuse the democratic space we created for them. . . they must be warned that we are not fools,” he said.

Mnangagwa went on to compare Chamisa with MDC founding leader, the late Morgan Tsvangirai, whom he described as better than the youthful politician.
“Tsvangirai was better because he had Zimbabwe at heart. We differed with him, but he would give you his thoughts in a more mature manner,” Mnangagwa said.

Tsvangirai succumbed to cancer in February this year.

Chamisa immediately took to Twitter to mock both Mnangagwa and Chiwenga following their statements. “I am praying for sekuru Chiwenga,” he tweeted.

“He really needs grace. I thank him for acknowledging my faith and ordaining me a prophet.”

He said the VP sounded like Ian Smith with his “not in a thousand years mantra”.

He said Mnangagwa seemed to “miss my old man, the iconic MT, the man who taught me to fight oppression and injustice.”

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7 Responses to Chamisa won’t rule, vows Chiwenga

  1. josphat mugadzaweta November 25, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    chiwenga waakutorwara nepfungwa. please take 3 months leave and heal before you start throwing out useless vitriol. munoitirei kuti tivhote if opposition can never rule.

    • Agnes Kachembere November 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Zimbabwe military state. God knows and sees everything. Hapana chisingaperi. Hanzi chino bhururuka chinomhara. Nothing stays permanent for ever. That is the godness of the Almoghty. He is a God for all.

  2. Musona November 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

    Out went one brutal dictator, Mugabe, in comes another dictator, Chiwenga. Why does Zimbabwe hold elections when ZanuPf army will never accept any other outcome? For saying this Chiwenga should be fired from government. A vice-President saying such drivel should not be accepted. First question to Chiwenga should be why hold elections at all? Why waste time and money? Chiwenga does not own Zimbabwe. It is not his personal property.
    Do not compare this to what Ian Smith said those years back. Smith was using a metaphor which the black nationalists latched on to as a means to galvanise the people. No human being lives up to 1000 years. If a person says, “Not in a million years” it does not literally mean that person knows what is going to happen in a million years. It was just a metaphor like saying “Over my dead body”.

    • Tinowaziwa November 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

      @ cretin Musona , you really miss your dzakutsaku huruyadzo days, handiti? Manje mira ndikutipire kulez: this country will never revert to colonial rule! You and your little bishop have to come to terms with this sweet reality. Mazwa kulez Musona?

    • Chan November 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      Chamisa and the Zimbabwean people CHEERED AND DANCED when this Chiwenga took tanks and guns to topple an elected government.

      Now the people are simply harvesting what they sowed. … its the harvesting of thorns.

  3. nicholas duma November 25, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    We will see as God decides his path!

  4. Nation of Chaos November 26, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Forever is a very long time indeed. I wish the statements coming through went something like “Zimbabwe’s economy will develop forever” or “bond notes will never again be introduced forever” something productive, practical and helpful…but what do we have – obsession with ruling not leading or governing the exact trash urbanites refused to vote for.

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