‘Mugabe a spirit medium’

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University of Zimbabwe lecturer and Zanu PF apologist Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura said President Robert Mugabe was a “spirit medium” and would never die.

Addressing traditional chiefs on Friday in Bulawayo at the Chief’s Council annual conference, Chivaura said Mugabe was a (svikiro) spirit medium just like Mbuya Nehanda and Chaminuka and would never die.

“The President is a svikiro (spirit medium) which will never die. He might die physically, but his spirit will remain with us, just like Mbuya Nehanda and Chamunika. We will continue fighting the British and other imperialists using his spirit,” said Chivaura, who is also an anchor on ZBC-TV programmes together with Tafataona Mahoso.

Chivaura added: “So as traditional chiefs you should support this great man because he will always be in us. Many youngsters are now admiring him and they want to be like him.”

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and his critics say the 88-year-old leader, who is in the twilight of his political career, plans to die in office.

During the Zanu PF December 2011 annual conference, the party endorsed him as its candidate in the next elections with party chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo declaring the party presidential post a “no-go area”.

Recently Mugabe’s main opponent, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, thanked Zanu PF for endorsing the 88-year- old as its candidate for general elections expected this year or in 2013 saying he would be a “walkover”.

Mugabe embarked on a controversial fast-track land reform programme in 2000 intended to correct the inequitable land distribution created by colonial rule. Several commercial white farmers were killed during the land invasions.

In 2002, the European Union (EU), United States, Britain, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand imposed targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his ruling clique and business associates as punishment for allegedly stealing elections, perpetuating human rights violations and failure to uphold the rule of law.

Mugabe denies the charges and instead says the EU and its Western allies imposed the sanctions in a bid to weaken him and eventually effect regime change as punishment for seizing land.