Speaking to a capacity crowd that filled the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on Saturday at a prayer meeting that was organized by churches in Zimbabwe but snubbed by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF wing of the troubled coalition, Tsvangirai quoted the Bible.
“I am blessed to be chosen among the multitude to leader the country. I was chosen by God because it is said in the Bible leaders are chosen by God,” he said to applause from the crowd.
Some service chiefs have vowed that the MDC-T leader will never rule the country because he does not have liberation war credentials.
“Whether you like me or not you should remember that I was chosen, even President Robert Mugabe was selected by God. What you should do is to pray for us as the leaders of the country so that we have the vision to deliver the nation,” he said.
Mugabe, Tsvangirai bitter political rival was not at the prayer meeting despite having been invited by church leaders who on Saturday prayed for the deliverance from political violence and other adversities.
The prayer was held on the 11th the day that the now dysfunctional Government of National Unity was established three years ago by Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara in order to put a seal on political violence and to save the nation from political and economic crisis that were precipitated by Zanu PF misrule for over a decade.
But even with a GNU in place peace in Zimbabwe has been elusive.
“We formed the government argued for peace so why are we fighting today, chibharanzi kurova vamwe vanhu (it is silly to resort to violence) towards elections. But as leader of the government we shall continue to preach peace until we get stability. President Mugabe also wants peace but now it is a question of sincerity,” he said.
Tsvangirai said that it is not negotiable for the country to have peace saying that stability is the key to stability and progress.