Government disowns failed prayer meeting for VP Mnangagwa

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe, Harare Bureau
THE Government has distanced itself from a so-called prayer meeting organised by expelled members of the Zanu-PF Youth League in Harare yesterday purportedly to support Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is not feeling well.

VP Mnangagwa is currently in South Africa where he is receiving treatment.

His doctors suspected that he could have taken stale food.

The so-called prayer meeting, which was poorly organised and sparsely attended, had no blessings from the Government — let alone the VP’s family.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe said the Government was not aware of the motive behind the gathering.

“That gathering has absolutely nothing to do with the Government. We are not aware of it,” he said.

“The Office of (the) Vice President Mnangagwa dissociated with it and the Office of the President and Cabinet is not aware of it. It is not a Government programme. We don’t know who those people are.”

Dr Mushohwe continued: “We don’t know why of all the things they want to have a prayer session for VP Mnangagwa as if he is the first person to fall sick in this country. Whatever motive behind that we don’t know and I don’t know if those people also got clearance from the police. All what I can say is that Government is not aware of that gathering and is not part to it.”

Although the gathering was presumably a prayer meeting, its organisers acted in a criminal way from the beginning after they tricked Zesa officials to connect electricity to their public address system on the pretext that it was a Government programme.

They took advantage of a stage that was being erected on the same venue for today’s Heroes’ gala to lie to Zesa officials that their gathering was a government programme. Their lies were exposed when Dr Anywhere Mutambudzi (Director, Urban Communications) from the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, arrived at the venue to assess progress on the erection of the stage for the gala.

He discovered that the electricity they had booked for the gala was already being used for the so-called prayer meeting.

Dr Mutambudzi asked the organisers to disconnect the power since it was not being used for its intended purpose but some of the youths turned violent.

They started shouting that they were hosting an event for the Vice President to which Dr Mutambudzi responded saying all events involving the Vice President were organised through Government structures which he was a part of.

Dr Mutambudzi said he was going to report the matter to the police after which the gathering was aborted.

A source from VP Mnangagwa’s Office yesterday said: “You should ask yourself why these people are crying more than the bereaved. They were not there when the VP got ill and they don’t know all the suffering he went through but all of a sudden they are at the forefront of organising what they are calling a prayer meeting. To serve whose interests?

“They are really not pained by the VP’s condition but they are opportunists who are trying to exploit this unfortunate incident to garner some political mileage. If there is anything involving the name of the VP, there are official channels to handle that. As an office we are not aware of that.”

Some of the notable personalities at the gathering included Zanu-PF expelled members Messrs Godwin Gomwe, Vengai Musengi, Godfrey Tsenengamu and Lewis Matutu.

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  • Mugabeism

    All ZANU-PF members and all Zimbabweans should be praying for His Excellency President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Her Excellency President-in-Waiting Dr Grace Mugabe. Everyone else, including the VP’s merely serve the First Family and are replaceable if they are no longer fit to serve. It is only the Mugabe’s who are irreplaceable so save your prayers for them.

    • Toindepi


    • sense

      …The same ones who deal with narcotics and beat up people in neighbouring countries?hmmm…loony my friend.

    • makhurane

      i think this is robert junior writing here,listen umamakho usifake abantu ndoda hmmm,wait untill southafricans react towards xenophobia kkk,usebulalisa labantu abangela cala mxhhh

  • Ndumiso Sithole

    Because it failed you noq disassociate yourself with.And does one needs a clearance to pray for a politician?

    • big

      A very good question.

  • Mhlakazanhlansi

    Kanti uVova uyafa yini … uVovigaz’labantu?

    Isn’t it kuthiwa udle istshwala sezolo abesifake e scufftinini … kanti manje why is he still in a hospital bed in SA? And why not at the super world-class Pari run by super-educated Drs, not those ignorant things (Zulus) in SA??? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha….. Kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

    I’ve been eating stale food since I was born, so have many people out there – amathumbu, imhwabha, amasi, istshwala sakuthange, omqokolo, omdlawuzo etc, etc

    Sokutheni Vova? Sokukuficile phela! We’ll wait and see ….. celebrations are now never too far, whatever the outcome – this time!!!

  • Mwalimu

    So you now need ZANU’s approval to let God hear people’s prayers?

  • Nyararai

    Its just a prayer people. Whats wrong with people gathering to pray for a politician? Musada kungoisa politics padzisingakwane, mukwane imi!

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Still no news about lesiya sfebe esibethe intombazanyana e Goli?

    • Mlungisi

      Lesiyana yisihlama mfowethu.

  • makhurane

    they are trying to cover up emmanuel makandiwa prophecy kkkkk,he nailed it

  • Ak

    I really hope when he gets well and when he becomes the president he will listen to the queries of Zimbabweans not to ignore people after people have prayed for Aiwaka

    • Taurai

      The words you looking for is “if he becomes”

  • KGB Operations

    What business is it of the government?

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    A failed government seeing failure in a prayer meeting

  • Trueman

    In real sense,Do you think the South African government would sacrifice their bilateral relations becoz of such a small issue when they can release Omar Alba Shir who was on the wanted list by the ICC