However, Kunonga threatened to take over the newly-built churches saying he does not care if they use “his” name.
“Assist them by telling them that they should not build in the name of the Harare diocese and “Anglicans” because they would have built for me as the law gave me custody of the church and all its properties,” he said.
“Impress upon them that they should change the name so they do not get disadvantaged. They can come up with a new name and re-register or else their efforts will amount to nothing but a waste of time because the law is clear that they have no church,” asserts Kunonga.
Strangely, instead of coming to the aid of the Anglican Church, church leaders were busy obsessing over the impending visit of Nigerian prophet TB Joshua.
They argued that prophet TB Joshua’s teachings were of no help to the country as they were “judgmental, partisan and unorthodox”, the Herald reports.
Ironically Zanu PF and MDC-T officials frequent TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria with Manicaland governor Christopher Mushowe being the latest attendee.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe president and spokesperson Goodwill Shana said God should not be used for partisan purposes.
“We think it is important to get (into the country) people who can help the country to move forward, not people who are judgmental,” Shana said.
“People have a right to believe what they want, but it is difficult to believe a Word of God that comes on a partisan basis,” he said.
And are we supposed to take church leaders seriously who look the other way when abuse is meted out to one of their own while they mendaciously accuse TB Joshua of being partisan.
Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe leader Bishop Trevor Manhanga said TB Joshua should first pray for the “burning” Nigeria before talking of visiting Zimbabwe.
Talk about the pot calling the pot black! A bit of advice to our church leaders:“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own?”
Manhanga has over the years been drifting into the Zanu PF camp which is why he doesn’t enjoy the public confidence he used to.
Speaking of clueless leaders, MDC-T Senator for Chikomo, Morgan Femai has rightly received flak for saying that women should always have bald heads, shun bathing and dress shabbily to curb the spread of HIV.
He also said HIV was spreading at an alarming rate as men find it difficult to resist attractive and well-dressed women.
As if that was not daft enough, Femai went on: “Women have got more moisture in their organs as compared to men so there is need to research on how to deal with that moisture because it is conducive for bacteria breeding. There should be a way to suck out that moisture.”
His utterances were not only an embarrassment to his party but to the whole nation as the international media picked it up saying they represented government policy.
Another MDC-T Senator, Sithembile Mlotshwa, also said people should have sex once a month and men should be injected with drugs that reduce their libido. She also called for prisoners to be given sex toys to quench their sexual needs.
Not to be outdone, MP for Bulawayo East Thabitha Khumalo has said women must keep their husbands’ mistresses on a tight rein in order to “safeguard their health”.
Where does the MDC-T get these legislators? Surely they are more pertinent issues to tackle. No wonder they call it “the party of Sexellence”!
We are always amused by Zanu PF youth secretary Absolom Sikhosana who only seems to surface during President Mugabe’s birthdays. The 60-year old “youth” can always be relied on to take sycophancy to new heights each February.
Last week he came out of his shell to address a press conference on the hosting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth general assembly at the end of the month.
Claiming to know what youths want, Sikhosana said as the youths they were fighting against imperialism.
“We are struggling against imperialism, we want to find the future,” Sikhosana said.
Flanked by Zanu PF youth secretary for security, John Mushayi, and for resettlement, Anastancia Ndhlovu, Sikhosana seemed undeterred that he was the odd one out among much younger colleagues. Like his handler President Mugabe, Sikhosana has joined the handiende bandwagon despite calls within Zanu PF for him to step down.
We ran a story in January in which Zanu PF national and provincial youth leaders called for Sikhosana to resign and pave way for young blood.
However, Sikhosana then told the Independent that he would not step down saying only Mugabe, who appointed him, can remove him.
He said his job was to lead and give the youth wing “direction”.
“That is gross indiscipline by the youth if they said that and these are the kind of things they should desist from,” he said.
“We are talking about issues that affect the welfare of the youths, not tissues,” Sikhosana said in a rather lame attempt at a joke.
We are sure that imperialism is not the major concern for the unemployed youths roaming the streets. The only “direction” Cde Sikhosana is giving the Zanu PF youth league is towards the dust-bin of history!
Listening to the president’s speech at the funeral of Edson Ncube earlier this month, it was fascinating to hear him provide a stirring rendition of Rule Britannia, the British patriotic anthem. His audience, needless to say, looked bemused by this ode to empire which only a handful would have known.
Mugabe used the song to illustrate the depredations of colonialism. Children were brought up in his era to learn the words, he explained, remarking that Zimbabweans, in the words of the song’s exhortation, “never shall be slaves”.
It was an interesting intervention given the hysteria in his party surrounding the constitutional debate and demonstrated that the president still has his faculties about him.
In this context we were surprised by EU ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia’s remarks in Brussels that there had been “significant progress” and positive direction in the implementation of the GPA. As our colleagues at NewsDay pointed out, Dell”Ariccia’s view of the state of the GPA is not only astounding but a major misrepresentation of the reality on the ground.
“We don’t see a positive direction but a dangerous path where the military establishment in this country has erected barriers by openly meddling in politics and making threatening noises against dissent,” NewsDay commented on Monday.
“The political roadmap as agreed under Sadc mediation has become a quagmire ruled by hawks in Zanu PF who are bent on disbanding the constitution-making progress and having elections on President Mugabe’s terms,” the paper said.
It pointed to the chaos in the voters’ roll and threats against the media. A suborned police force has disrupted freedom of assembly, it remarked.
It appears, we might add, to be blind to Webster Shamu’s threats on World Press Freedom Day and Major-General Martin Chedondo’s intervention in electioneering. The MDC-T, whose presence in Brussels no doubt justified Lady Catherine Ashton’s positive spin on events, has done little or nothing to support press freedom. And what can be said about the broadcasting sector in the same deadening grip of the former ruling party.
The EU needs to wake up to the plight of the people of Zimbabwe and stop sending misleading and emollient messages. And so long as the state media remains captive to Zanu PF, it is essential that the externally-based media perform a national duty in informing the listening public of what is actually happening inside Zimbabwe.
A useful bulletin from Eddie Cross this week. He recently flew over Middle Save estates in the Lowveld and spoke of the utter desolation there.
“Just to confirm that these people (Zanu PF) live in Never Never land an 80-year-old woman in the leadership of Zanu PF took over a large functioning conservancy last week forcing the owners and their staff out of their homes and depriving them of a lifetime’s investment. She has already taken over eight other farms, all of which are now in varying degrees of degradation.
“I flew over Middle Save estates last week and looked down and saw that, apart from the old Arda farms being leased by a private company, all the farms occupied by Zanu PF hangers on were derelict and empty –– not ever a single maize crop –– nothing.
“These were at one stage some of the most productive farm properties in the country. This year, after 12 years of land reform, we will import 80% of our food.”
That is the sort of information the public are being deprived of by the Zimpapers and ZBC grip on the public media.
There will be “no going back” on mining fees, Mines minister Obert Mpofu has said. This comes despite calls from the mining industry for the fees to be reduced. Mpofu believes lower fees will lead to speculative behaviour.
MPs on the other hand argued higher fees would frustrate indigenisation. MPs urged government to be consistent in its declarations.
Guruve South MP Edward Chindori Chininga who heads the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mining said when government took the land released by mining companies the intention was to give the claims to indigenous Zimbabweans.
“Our understanding now is that the land has been given to a foreigner again,” Chindori Chininga said.
Mpofu should understand there is nothing admirable about “no going back”. If anything it reflects a stubborn lack of flexibility that actually prevents effective policy formulation. It has of course mostly been used in regard to land distribution where “no going back” has become the mantra of those who have taken more land than they are entitled to. In particular it has become a means of preventing the audit mandated by the GPA.
Another “pressure” group, Mushandi Munhu Workers’ Federation (MMWF), seems to have joined the trade union fray. This was after another Zanu PF-aligned union, the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU), failed to make an impact after it split into three factions.
According to the Herald, May Day celebrations were a damp squib as infighting within unions resulted in low attendances. Less than 1 000 people turned up at Gwanzura Stadium where the George Nkiwane-led Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions faction held its commemorations while about 400 people attended the official Lovemore Matombo-led ZCTU faction’s celebrations.
Despite being beefed up by the MMWF, ZFTU’s commemorations were the most thinly attended attracting less than 100 people.
A visit to post offices in Avondale and Mabelreign on Tuesday revealed no new computerised licence discs which we were told on Thursday, May 3, would be introduced the following Saturday. This was a world-class system, the Herald announced in an interview with the Zinara head of communication and technology, Gift Kanotangudza. The new disc, he said, would be bar-coded and encrypted with security features.
Well, you have to actually produce the item before those features are of any use. And staff in the two post offices had “no idea” when the new forms would be available.
This gives weight to Muckraker’s theory that a group of people sit down every Monday to see what inconvenience they can cause the public. You will recall the number plates exercise. And we suspect there is money to be made somewhere down the line.
Let’s just scrap the whole project and stop Zinara making a nuisance of itself.