Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe insulted an anti-Mugabe pastor, who has been at the fore of a social media campaign – #ThisFlag – against his administration, saying he was not a “true preacher” who served God.
The leader further advised nationals to be mindful of fake pastors like Evan Mawarire who hungers seriously for politics in the name of public interest.
Mugabe added that the pastor and other fake ones like him spell God backwards [ie dog] and obviously do not worship the real God. According to him, they rather con people into believing they know the bible.
While at one funeral of his political comrade, Charles Utete in the capital, Harare, Mr Mugabe said:
“The Mwarires, I don’t even know him… I don’t know if he’s a man of religion. A man of religion will speak the biblical truth.
First Corinthiuans, what does its say? Love one another. So beware these men of God – not all of them are true preachers of the Bible.
“I don’t know whether they are serving God. Well, we spell God G-O-D. They spell God in reverse.”
He was also quoted as saying that if people like Evan Mawarire, the pastor in question “don’t want to live with the rest of Zimbabweans, they should go to those countries that are sponsoring them”. A clear reference that some rival countries may be backing the rebels.
Mr Mawarire, who founded the #ThisFlag campaign against the long-serving leader, is currently in neighbouring South Africa. Could it be that South Africa is among the rival countries?
Anyway, the pastor was detained after calling for a protest against the deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe, where the government has battled to pay the salaries of civil servants.
He was charged with subversion but court later ordered his release last week.
In display of support, the youth leader of President Robert Mugabe’s party said that the 92-year-old president will die in office.
Kudzai Chipanga, the youth leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party made the comments while addressing about 5,000 people at a rally in the capital, Harare.
The rally was organised to counter opposition-organised protests urging the “old man” to leave office for good.
“Mr Mugabe will die in office. It was written in the Bible that he won’t just rule the country, but would die in office. Not surprisingly, #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire incurred the wrath of Mr Chipanga who said: Nowhere is it written that pastors would rule this country. Let me warn you – these protests must stop forthwith.”
He added that “We, as Zanu-PF, we reacted to colonialism in 1980 and won. We are still in charge and nothing is going to change.”