Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Television
On Sunday ZBCTV screened live a church service by ZAOGA Forward in Faith Ministries held at the Glamis Stadium to mark their 52nd anniversary what a service it was. Well, I watched the service from
home and I must say that I found Archbishop Ezekiel Guti’s preaching quite different from the younger generation of pastors, prophets or apostles who are so engrossed in the gospel of prosperity.
If I am not mistaken, the archbishop urged his followers to “seek first the kingdom of God” and quite honestly this is the sort of teaching that is lacking nowadays. I pray that in the name of the Lord we will be delivered from all these strange happenings in our churches.
By the way I shudder to think how ZBCTV manages to screen these church services live when they fail to do the same, for instance, during football matches or music awards.
Still on Sunday, there was so much hype about flamboyant business tycoon Frank Buyanga’s interview on M-Net’s AfricaMagic Channel 114.
Dubbed “Digging Deeper into the Life of the Accused Fraudster, Frank Buyanga Declared Wanted in the UK and Zimbabwe”.
Given such a tagline naturally the interview attracted a large viewership as people wanted to find out more about this mercurial businessman.
Besides the adverts that ran for the past week there were also text messages that came through and I asked myself what it was about the interview.
So at 13.30 hours I tuned in to the interview with my PVR decoder on standby just in case I missed something.
I guess that’s the beauty of technology, we can pause or rewind live television and still don’t miss a thing.
Many people, myself included, wanted to see if Frank would open up on his “allegations in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe the adverts had promised.
Well, I must say, it wasn’t easy for the interviewer — Josey Mahachi — to sniff out all the details from Buyanga who appeared fired up and had a ready answer for every question.
I wonder what the interview would have turned out to be had it been Debora Patta, etv’s hard-hitting and investigative journalist.
That said, Josey was all the same up to the task and so was Buyanga.
As part of the interview, there were snippets of people who were filmed as they went to Buyanga’s offices when they borrowed money.
A lot of the people said that they had nowhere to get money from since during that time — 2008 — the banks had no money.
Of all the things that Buyanga said I think two issues stuck out. One of them was that all the people that owe him should be “honourable”.
Secondly, he said there was need for human development and in order for that to happen, people needed what he called “financial literacy”.
Judging by the way Buyanga answered questions in his typical British accent, you could tell that he is an artful dodger.
For instance, when asked about the number of cars he owns, he failed to give a straightforward answer.
I frowned when he was asked a simple question whether he was a loan shark or not?
And asked how much money he used to buy his latest property in South Africa he said it was “personal”.
Where you would expect Buyanga to give a yes or no answer he would skirt around the question, something that made many viewers wonder if he wanted to be interviewed.
Throughout the interview, Buyanga denied any wrongdoing insisting that he was neither wanted in the UK nor Zimbabwe and described the allegations as “hot air”.
And in conclusion he said he was free to come to Zimbabwe whenever he wants. I am not sure whether there is going to be a repeat of that interview or maybe Josey will bring another person from Zimbabwe on her show.
Apparently, Click Africa is a magazine show that touches on anything and everything African on Africa Magic Channel 114. Josey is the first Zimbabwean based in
South Africa to own an independent programme on M-Net with her Nigerian partner Jide Agbeniyi.