HARARE - Acting President Joice Mujuru, who is under fire for condoning corruption, has received the backing of the Apostolic Church.
Although Mujuru publicly shooed the media from covering the riveting stories of obscene salaries that parastatal bosses earn, the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) — which heads over 700 churches in the country — said it stands by the beleaguered VP.
“Calling on the acting president to step down following her comments over corruption is tantamount to a coup,” Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, president of ACCZ, said apparently referring to Daily News’ lead story yesterday.
“What she was saying is that the media should not miss the picture and concentrate on corruption. As a mother figure she is trying to give direction to the nation.”
Ndanga said the media should play its role responsibly and should not lose focus on the bigger picture, which he said was nation building.
“The media should not be used by some people who are perpetually in election mode, people who want to destroy the party from inside,” said Ndanga.
In thinly veiled remarks seen as targeted at Information minister Jonathan Moyo, who has been spearheading an anti-graft campaign that has won kudos from many Zimbabweans, Mujuru said the media crusade against corruption was a campaign meant to ensure the party implodes.
“Regai kuzoti vanhu vacho havasi veZanu PF, aiwa, zvinonzi kana usingagone kumukurira unomujoina, worova uchibva mukati make, saka mochenjera (Do not say these people are not Zanu PF … it is said that if you cannot defeat them join them and attack from within; so be careful),” Mujuru told the party’s Mashonaland West provincial women’s conference in Chinhoyi on Saturday.