OPPOSITION parties yesterday scoffed at Zanu PF-organised rain-making prayer sessions saying the ruling party’s top brass should repent from its “evil deeds” before seeking divine intervention on rains.
This came after Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko last week called on Zimbabweans to organise specific prayer meetings for the rains between Saturday and next Sunday as part of efforts to avert massive food shortages caused by erratic rains this year.
But, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the same government should also pray for abducted activist Itai Dzamara’s safe return if they were sincere.
“Isn’t it very ironic that the very same government that has, in the past, ruthlessly and savagely clamped down on Zimbabweans gathering to pray for Itai Dzamara’s safe return is now calling upon Zimbabweans to pray for rain as well as for the country’s various socio-economic challenges to be redeemed?” Gutu asked.
“As MDC-T, we have always been a God-fearing political party and this is the main reason why we actively participated in the Dzamara prayers. While the government’s call for prayer should be applauded, we should also condemn the same government for displaying double standards.
“God is a jealous God and He doesn’t allow his name to be taken in vain. The Zanu PF regime is essentially Satanic and thus, they should be the last people to masquerade as a God-fearing government.”
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said: “These are wolves in sheep skin approaching God with dirty hands. The God of mercy does not need Zanu PF advice or command to give us the rains.
“The people who presided over the 2008 political violence through the blessings of Lucifer are today pretending to be the honest and smart sons and daughters of God. Mphoko and Zanu PF should shut up instead of pretending to be ambassadors of God. Zanu PF is not qualified to call for such prayers because of their sinful ways,” Chihwayi said.
However, Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ), the apex representative body for the milling industry welcomed the prayer calls.
“Droughts, while they are not a new phenomenon, affect all Zimbabweans regardless of their race, political persuasion, gender or ethnicity. Therefore, we implore all Zimbabweans, in their diversity, to unite in prayer and plead with the heavens to endow our beloved nation with the rains we so desperately need,” GMAZ chairman Tafadzwa Musarara said.