Vapositori pledge 2,3m votes for President President Mnangagwa is shown branded vehicles by Vapostori 4ED national executive chairperson Madzibaba Moses Gwasira of Johane Masowe eChishanu (second from left), national spokesperson Madzibaba Obey Mapuranga (second from right), Harare provincial executive chairperson Madzibaba Owen Chingondi (far right) and other members of the executive during their meeting at State House in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Memory Mangombe

Fungi Kwaramba Political Editor

ONE of the biggest churches in the country with the largest following in terms of numbers — Vapositori — has pledged 2,3 million votes for President Mnangagwa as a token of appreciation for his astute leadership that has ushered Zimbabwe into a new era.

Uniting under the banner of Vapositori for ED (VED), the garment-donning church that is home to arguably the majority of Zimbabweans, either discreetly or indiscreetly, was yesterday at State House in Harare and pledged to play its part in defending Zimbabwe’s revolution.

Apparently, President Mnangagwa’s unique style of leadership, his open-door policy, and the universally acknowledged “Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo” philosophy have charmed Vapositori who are drawn from Johanne Masowe, Vadzidzi, Mugodhi, and other variations.

President Mnangagwa told Vapositori that nobody, but Zimbabweans could take the country to the Promised Land, saying any developed country today stands rich, primarily through the labour of its people.

“When I got the letter that there is Vapositori for ED who would like to see me, I didn’t think there would be such a huge number at the highest level. When I say nyika inovakwa nevene vayo, that philosophy is not selective. God gave each country its own resources, I don’t think God wants to see other nations oppressing others. Some think when I say Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo I am talking about only those in politics; I mean every single Zimbabwean, no matter your background, put shoulder to the wheel to build your country,” the President said.

As a listening leader, President Mnangagwa said his door would forever be open for Vapositori, who have asked him for a Ministry of Religion.

“I heard you say that you want to defend the country’s Independence. There are many who don’t appreciate that, if it was possible we would go back to our true selves and be proud of who we are.

“Now we are being misled, if we are in agreement that we have a task to preserve our heritage, our task will be surmountable because we will be together as one people,” he said.

The President added that he will ensure freedom of worship is enjoyed by every Zimbabwean and also promised to engage traditional leaders whom the Vapositori had said were sometimes interfering with their activities.

“You are reservoirs of knowledge, you have asked for a religious ministry. I have taken this into consideration, and soon I will be meeting with chiefs to get their views on the issue that you have raised.

“Let me tell you that we have some who are black only in colour but inside they are white, it is better to associate with the white man openly,” he said.

The Vapositori, through their spokesperson Madzibaba Obey Mapuranga, told the President that they will express themselves through the ballot and silence puppets that masquerade as opposition figures.

“We are saying had it not been for the democracy kind of rule that came from the whites, our erstwhile colonisers, this country would be ruled forever by Zanu PF because it is the only party that sacrificed blood to liberate this country, there is no other party. But because this country is not a theocracy, it’s a democracy, we have accepted that and we are coming into the democratic processes and vote. We are going to bring the vote, more than 2.3 million Vapositori in their churches, they will vote for Zanu PF,” said Madzibaba Mapuranga.

Boasting of the most visible churches in Zimbabwe, the Vapositori also promised to ensure that Harare is delivered to Zanu PF from the ruinous hands of the opposition CCC.

“Allow me to say your leadership is unique, God doesn’t speak with everyone but only a chosen few and you have come up with a divine message, leaving no one and no place behind,” Madzibaba Mapuranga said.

For many years, he said, Vapositori had been sidelined but now they feel respected and appreciated under President Mnangagwa’s leadership.

“The church is ready to offer spiritual guidance; we have come here for divine affirmation of the country’s leadership”.

The Vapositori raised concerns about the indoctrination of their children by other churches and asked the President for land to build their schools, and also land to partake in the agricultural revolution.

“We have been told to co-exist with other churches but we are concerned that our children are now being indoctrinated with alien doctrines. We want to have our own schools and we are also seeking recognition from the Government, to be recognised as religious leaders of this country,” Madzibaba Mapuranga said.

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