By Jeffrey Moyo
HE compares himself with biblical Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. He links stuck to poles in Harare while he preaches to the many passersby. But his message is different than for other priests.
The pastor coming from Kariba in Zimbabwe west province Mashonaland has been a staple of First Street in Harare. He shouts out their protests while he is chained to poles. Although many Zimbabweans think that he is crazy, continues Mugadza.
– I’m not criticizing primarily cowardice in our country. Most people are silent even though almost anything goes in the wrong direction. We are just watching, said Mugadza.
– I’m a weeping prophet against the decay of our country, and just like Jeremiah I cry, he said.
Mugadza believes that Jeremiah chapter 29, verse 11 will ensure Zimbabweans a good future rather than the tragedy they are currently facing.
Symbol of oppression
He says that the chain he is attached with is a picture that Zimbabwe is suppressed.
– As a nation we are chained, and our churches are chained in fear. We are not able to talk about what we should talk about, says Mugadza.
– Many priests do not dare speak loudly. If you ask them to do it, they tell you that the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. They put words in his fear through the Bible, adding Mugadza to.
Mugadza pastor in an Adventist church in Kariba. He became famous after he was arrested in Victoria Falls last December when he demonstrated alone against what he calls President Robert Mugabe’s mismanagement during the conference to Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF.
He was carrying a poster with the following message: “Mr. President, people suffer.Proverbs 21, verse 13. “
Everyone must do something
Since then Mugadza changed strategy and has begun to link themselves to the poles. This is a strategy he will continue as long as there is political change.
– I would link me stuck so long as is necessary to ensure that my message spread across the country. Everyone must do something for your country. None will come from other countries and do it for us, says Mugadza.
Mugadza wish that more had the same enthusiasm as him, but people have reacted differently to protest his.
– I’d like more people to pull out into the streets with me so that we can send out your message in community. Many people encourage me on social media like Facebook, while others send me threats, says Mugadza.
– Unless we Zimbabweans stand up and talk about the problems in our country, there will be no change for us, said Mugadza.
Although it is claimed that the state spying on him while he performs protest their captive, has Mugadza become calloused.
– Fear not suitable for me. I am a pastor. The Bible tells me that I have a frightened soul, but a soul with power and common sense.
I will not be afraid, says Mugadza.
This article was first published on BISTANDSAKTUELT