MOST politicians are today leaving the hassles of administrative offices to take time with their families celebrating Christmas Day.
A good number have decided to leave the cities to go to their rural homes — far from the madding crowd — while others have chosen to socialise with their constituents — elections are around the corner!
Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister, Walter Muzembi (Zanu PF) said for him, this year’s festive season celebrations were centred at his Masvingo South constituency where he held Unity Day and Christmas Eve galas which ended yesterday morning.
“I have been spending the festive season with my constituent family and every year I religiously hold galas for them in recognition of Unity Day and on Christmas Day. I always thank them for their endurance when I am away from them on government business,” said Mzembi.
He said the musical galas were held at Renco Mine Stadium and featured different artists like Sulumani Chimbetu, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave and Stunner.
Muzembi said his children — some of them who are based overseas — would all converge at Victoria Falls for the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority end-of-year carnival to be held from December 28 up to New Year’s Eve, which will feature musicians like Winky D.
Bulawayo Central MP Dorcas Sibanda (MDC-T) said it was unfortunate and sad that this Christmas season came with the deaths of public figures like Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development deputy minister, Seiso Moyo and legendary footballer, Adam Ndlovu.
“We are together in sorrow with all the families who lost their loved ones. I have not been home for a while as I have been busy with government business, but I will ensure I spend time with my daughters on Christmas day. I will take them for a drive and lunch out with them,” Sibanda said.
National Healing and Reconciliation co-minister, Moses Mzila Ndlovu (MDC) said he was spending the holidays at his farm in Thekwane.
“I will spend the Christmas holidays with my family because every family member, even those from South Africa have converged at the farm in Thekwane. We will slaughter chickens and goats and celebrate Christmas together,” he said.
Mzila Ndlovu urged Zimbabweans to act responsibly and ensure the country went back to normalcy in 2013.
“We have been living mad lives for a long time, but now we should contribute to ensure there is no violence and respect the aspirations of every citizen,” he said.
Guruve South legislator, Edward Chindori Chininga (Zanu PF) said he would spend time meeting his constituents, their families and children who will be visiting Guruve.
“I will spend part of the time at my farm. We will slaughter pigs for families to enjoy during Christmas.
I will find time to go to church and thank God for giving me life and for the years of spiritual guidance in work and family matters. We have been carrying out workshops on governance with village heads, chiefs, councillors, community and Zanu PF leadership on developments to be done in the constituency in 2013,” Chindori Chininga said.
Matabeleland North Provincial Governor, Sithokozile Mathuthu (Zanu PF) said she was at her farm in Lupane.
“All my children are now married and I am with my husband doing some work at our farm, hoping that we will have a good harvest. I wish Zimbabweans a happy festive season. Let us not forget the elderly and put a smile on their faces during the festive period. Orphans should also not be forgotten,” said Mathuthu.
She said Zimbabweans should pray for peace during the festive season.