Oppah's strange one million voters

HARARE - Bull Eland sought this week to examine how Kunonga’s prominence dwarfed all Anglicans in Zanu PF.

The late Vice President Msika was alive when Kunonga invaded the church, Victoria Chitepo, Patrick Chinamasa and Didymus Mutasa — all considered senior and influential — could not do much. MDC’s Eric Matinenga at least has consistently fought the good fight — first to walk into church across a police line on Thursday.

So who has/had the rogue bishop’s back all along? It must be someone more powerful than the former Vice President! More importantly, how do Anglicans fight their persecutors when election time comes?

The gun-toting, pistolpacking bishop was last Wednesday captured on camera threatening to shoot, yes to shoot journalists.

His actions are significant for three reasons; first, haana nyadzi, with enough Zanu PF backing, he would actually do so with impunity as others have done before. Secondly that he, like his party is in a deep pool of denial of reality — he is not the bishop he thought he was.

Lastly, he confirms the allegations of factionalism at the helm of the party. His backers across the road where he held a meeting early last Thursday are not concerned with the local electoral consequences of supporting him or the broader implications of their actions to matters of the rule of law as the other faction. Shake-Shake House is now either too embarrassed to venture a defence for its project or too scared of the electoral backlash.

For the first time, the Bull Eland respected the courage of Munhumutapa’s Manheru for attempting to explain his master’s project. His “brave” response though betrays the insecurities of narrow, shortsighted men who blame their problems not on their own misguided policies but on perceived opponents, the MDC, the whites, Sadc, the West and now the church.  

As the Zanu PF conference (to which Kunonga will be invited) gathers momentum, the nation will witness provinces and individuals falling over each other to endorse the party’s first secretary.

The factions have however, begun taking well aimed jibes at each other. Bull Eland has previously highlighted how Mugabe and Zanu PF are like a driver who is looking in the rear view mirror far more than through the windscreen.

Chiwenga spoke glowingly of how Ngwena is the only surviving member of the first Zanu PF politburo — therefore most senior.

Another central committee member, Matemadanda literally declared his allegiance arguing that Mnangagwa was second to join the liberation struggle after Mugabe — a questionable proposition.

Gumbo however, tore into that and restated Mutasa’s position that leadership in Zanu PF is based on party’s constitutional hierarchy adding that Mujuru was second only to Mugabe.

Apparently, former Zapu members will only be considered. Who has ever heard Cain Mathema, the deputy national spokesperson of Zanu speak for the party? What gags him?

The leadership confusion is a sign of the deep-seated factionalism within the party. Both factions publicly deny its existence by day yet work hard on it by night.

While politicians fight, Nyikayaramba and others are acting. Many “boys on leave” are visiting various provinces appealing to traditional leaders and ordinary will be voters to forgive them for 2008 murders, rape, intimidation and other wrongs.

In Chivhu last week, Nyikayaramba distanced the institution from 2008 decision to engage in violence. He blamed the politicians.

He was campaigning, not for Zanu but for himself and others. However, as he falsely preached peace, his subordinates were at it in Zhombe — this time a headman was assaulted and several women stripped naked.

Strangely, the party will trust Oppah, who dismally lost elections last time to speak or even participate in election strategy.

What value does a loser add to a campaign? She alleged that the party recruited almost a million voters in 2012.

The same women they sent people to strip in Zhombe and to rape in Mudzi, the mothers and wives in Glen View whose innocent men you imprison for years have just decided to join the party. Kuti vanopenga here? (are they mad).

Oppah is not just being cruel because she is a cruel person she is being cruel because in her party, she is rewarded for this cruelty.

She would not be the first all the senior perpetrators of Gukurahundi today who live in comfort.

If she did not join Ian Smith’s oppressive regime 40 years ago, what makes her think Mai Ezra will join the regime that oppresses her today. - Bull Eland

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