Statements by MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu and MDC’s Kurauone Chihwayi’s that the rainmaking prayer sessions organised by government were inconsequential because the ruling Zanu PF party had not repented from its sinful ways made interesting reading.
While every Zimbabwean would concur with their reasoning in that the Zanu PF government is solely responsible for much of the myriad of problems besetting the country, it is appreciated that they have decided to look to the heavens for salvation.
Whether the drought is a result of President Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF’s sinful ways is neither here nor there, the reality could the changing climatic conditions affecting the world. It is real! Perhaps Zanu PF’s unfortunate position is compounded by its failure to prepare enough to save the people while bickering over who should get what in the ruling party’s power matrix — itself an indictment of the country’s leaders.
Indeed, there is also much that still needs to be done on the ground especially human rights abuses by Mugabe’s party, for instance the disappearance of journalist-cum activist Itai Dzamara. There is no doubt that from that standpoint any Zimbabwean can be the regime’s victim and we have seen a recurrence of that tradition by Zanu PF of threatening journalists and many others that continue to call them to observe human rights.
Understandably, we had rains yesterday in some parts of the country, which does not exonerate the Zanu PF leadership. Yet this only shows God’s mercy over the rest of the population that could bear the brunt of starvation should the drought persist.
We agree with the MDCs that this country is in desperate need of political and economic turnaround and sincerely hope that those in government who have realised the need to bring God onto the picture will take their campaign to every sector and in their hearts too where great conviction is desperately needed.
Thousands of people are facing starvation in this country and due to the likely massive food shortages caused by both erratic rains this year and Zanu PF misgovervance over years, any efforts to seek divine intervention are welcome.
There is always a beginning and perhaps this may be it, even if Zanu PF has not in the past considered a divine hand in the various economic blueprints that it has crafted over the years. This may as well be their turning point. God is not necessarily moved by crowds, but even the sincere, heartfelt prayer of one man can bring a change. However, this should not be an excuse for Zanu PF.
The challenging times in the country call for everybody to bury their political orientations and work together for the common good of Zimbabwe.
Although the MDCs have chosen to describe Zanu PF as “essentially Satanic” and “Luciferan”, there is also need to appreciate that while Zanu PF has exhibited such tendencies, this is not about Zanu PF, although they may be the ones who called for the prayer. This is about every Zimbabwean.
If Zanu PF really believes that prayer can change everything, why do its top officials act as if God were a man? And that He does not see nor hear? Is it not the time for Mugabe to take leave and live in comfort in his retirement for the remainder of his life to save both the country and preserve his little legacy left?