Govt speaks on ‘VP prayer meeting’

Dr Mushohwe

Dr Mushohwe

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
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 in South Africa, where he is receiving treatment.

His doctors suspect that he could have taken stale food.

The prayer meeting had no blessings from the Government — let alone the VP’s family.

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

“That gathering has absolutely nothing to do with 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 communication) 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 to which he was part to.

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 on 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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  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    Pane chakashata here kuti vanhu vaungane vachinamata.You guys have got a very big problem..Why muchibatikana nezvinhu zvisina basa ?Whats wrong about praying for VP?

    • Judas Iscariot

      When i saw the headline,i thought the story would be about gov’t thanking well wishers for praying for the VP,since the Bible encourages us to pray even for our enemies. Little did I know people are being reprimanded for attempting to pray for the VP. I wonder if Mapositori know they need police clearance before going kumasowe? Our country has gone to the dogs

  • haiwawo

    Prayer meeting for an upset tummy? Zvitsva here?

    Tofa taona shuwa kuti vamwe vanorwara ngechikafu vamwe vachikwangwaya ngenzara; vamwe vachirwarisa vamwe ngetambo dzemagetsi vamwe vari kutooshaya magetsi acho.

  • Cde Hondo

    They must get police clearance to pray, kkkkkkk.

  • Pastor Farie

    Its a prayer for goodness sake.

  • Widzo

    Are we being led by satanists? Whats wrong with a prayer?

  • Fred Moyo

    It seems Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) has gone into hibernation!

    • Tirikukuvonayi

      kkkkk, yah

      • Fred Moyo

        I didnt realize he is such a coward kkk

    • cde

      I advised last month that I was going to retire.

  • Gee Hellaz

    Tukai vanhu asi musatuka Mwari. only a fool says there is no God. Hanzi benzi rinoti mumwoyo maro hakuna Mwari – Psalm 14:1

  • Chitimkulu

    The prayer meeting is not a State event. What has Government have to do with it?

  • Muzambiringa

    Kuvhunduka chati kwatara

  • P Muzavazi

    Minister Mushowe runs the risk of making a complete ** of himself. In yesterday’s issue of the Herald he was at pains to tell the nation that Vice President Mhangagwa ate stale and not poisoned food. No one in his right senses believed him. Today he is back insinuating that people should seek Government approval for praying for the VP. What on earth is he smoking or better still taking. It is clear that he wants to be seen to be doing something to appease we all know who. But if he continues on this path he will soon become a butt of jokes.

  • Charles WaBusy

    In as much as people say the VP was not poisoned, I beg to disagree with the “Stale food” statement. We have eaten stale food on several occasions, people drink raw sewerage everyday in towns but they do not vomit blood. Musada kutaura zvakapusa kudai vakuru vedu, remember Mahofa is going six feet down on Sunday. Her health has never been the same kubva pamakamupa ” Stale food” yeku Victoria Falls.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    She will be covered by diplomatic immunity. Period.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Our dear leader is on diplomatic business. Period.

  • Cde Muziriwegazi(Mzilikazi)

    Govt and ZANU PF are just disowning the expelled dissidents praying for our VP President.Its sinister. We have also prayed for the speedy recovery of Cde Mnangagwa as ZANU PF and government.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Dont mislead yourself.My postings on sanctions have always been linked to our economic issues. Which is a fact.