Zanu PF apologists Wednesday fell over each other to hero-worship President Robert Mugabe.
Chief among them was Media, Information and Publicity minister, Webster Shamu, who said the President was feared the world over because of his intelligence and was like Cremora.
“Gushungo, people say you have Cremora, the whole body. The war the world over, President is about you. They fear you and that is why they are doing all this,” Shamu said.
“There is no president the world over who has degrees like President Mugabe. He is brainy and that’s why he is feared. You fought the liberation struggle for a long time and you should also rule for as long as you want.”
Party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo weighed in with his nicely-choreographed oration, describing the 87-year-old leader as a liberator of unparalleled proportions “who God should keep for a long time to rule Zimbabwe”.
“His Excellency you are a liberator of unparallel audacity. You are a useful and amazing leader and we pray to God to make you stronger and continue to lead us from the front,” he said.
Sect leaders also stunned thousands of people force-marched to the anti-sanctions launch by openly declaring their allegiance and undying support for the former ruling Zanu PF.
“I am a member of Zanu PF party,” said Paul Mwazha, leader of an Apostolic sect.
Mwazha said the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe proved the West was anti-Christ.
“If they were for God, they would not have imposed sanctions on us. Africa forward, never backward,” he chanted.
Trevor Manhanga, bishop of Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe chanted slogans denouncing sanctions saying it was time for people to act and not pretend it was business as usual.
Not to be outdone was Namibian Minister of Regional and Local Government Jerry Ekandj, who said his country would also launch the same campaign and vowed they would never forgive the West if they continued attacking President Mugabe.
“An injury to Zimbabwe is an injury to Namibia. We can also impose sanctions on them if they take our land,” he said.
Vice President John Nkomo told President Mugabe that people who were force-marched from all suburbs in Harare voluntarily attended the event.
However, Zanu PF youths had ordered people from Mbare, Mabvuku, Chitungwiza and other townships to close their businesses and attend the anti-sanctions launch.
“Some people who were supposed to be with you President and are signatories to the GPA but they chose not to come. It seems they are pro-sanctions.
Thousands of people you see here today President were not forced to attend this event. We never sent a commissar around but they got the messages and they are here,” he said.
“This is a declaration of war by every means. This marks the beginning of massive mobilisation to dislodge sanctions. The sanctions issue is a non-partisan issue exclusively captured in the GPA.
We cannot continue to play politics.”
President of the Chiefs Council Fortune Charumbira also showered President Mugabe with praises declaring his allegiance to Zanu PF.