Mugabe goes biblical

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday went biblical, saying people wished to live longer but emphasised that only the spiritual life was perpetual.

In an address to mourners at the burial of Enos Nkala, a founding member of Zanu and former Cabinet minister, the 89-year-old Mugabe said people should not worry about where and how they live.



President Robert Mugabe being sworn-in for a seventh term. 

“The pastor said its only transformation (from one life to another), but pastor we are men of flesh, we live not the spiritual life, we live the physical life,” Mugabe told mourners at the National Heroes Acre.

“We want our bodies to live life long if they can sustain.

“It’s a wish, against God’s wish that life can be perpetual… but we live for a short period and the spiritual one is eternal.”

In an address lasting for more than one hour, Mugabe, said the shorter life on earth is the one he deems superior.

“But this short one, the one where we interact and we have the consciousness of mind, the one where we are organised, family, land… it’s the one that seems to matter more than the other,” Mugabe said.

“We have to be taught to realise that it’s the inferior life.

“We are men of flesh, if we realise we are just bundles of flesh in this life then we wouldn’t worry about where we live and how we live, but God also wants us to worry about this life, because then as we are taught if you live it in accordance to certain rules, then it will save us for the other life.”

He said it is because of the earthly worries that man fight for their rights and the reason why Zimbabwe has refused to be colonised.

Mugabe has looked increasingly to God to shore up his claim to leadership.

In power since 1980, the political firebrand and outspoken foe of the United States and Britain, has made repeated trips to Singapore for cataract treatment, the most recent of which came before his re-election.
The Zanu PF leader, spent the entire address speaking about the history of the liberation struggle and how the two personally knew each other before and after independence.

Mugabe appeared strong and fired-up during the presidential campaign, and managed to win another term that extends to 2018.

Meanwhile, some official from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC attended Nkala’s funeral.

Sekai Holland, outgoing MDC minister of National Healing said her party paid tribute to Nkala, whom she said had fought a democratic struggle.

“The (MDC) Guardian Council is here from the party in our personal capacities, the democratic struggle that was waged and won through the liberation goes on,” Holland said.

“Multiparty democracy is part of the democratic struggle there is no contradiction.”

“So I am a proud MDC member as the chair of the Guardian Council and we are here to pay tribute to a liberation hero that’s all. Even (James) Makore who worked with him a lot is here with me.”

She said she had had the opportunity of personally working with Nkala.

“I first met Nkala when he was released from prison. After 10 years of incarceration, we met at the Mulungushi Village (in Zambia).

“I was the representative of the party in the Australian and Asian region, and when we met them in Mulungushi Village; it was the first time that the Central Committee, the Dare Rechimurenga and the diplomatic men met as the Chimurenga General Council. It was in 1974,” she said.

Comments (20)

It blasphemous for Mugabe to be sworn in using the Holy Bible when he has just stolen an election. Kusanyara. Unogotaura nezvaMwari iwe urikuita basa rekuba election vanhu vako vapedza kushusha chembere mumisha, kuvamanikidza kuti va vhotere ZanuPF. Haunyare Robert Mugabe. Ukafa uchaenda ku Gehena muzvitadzo zvako pano pasi.

Musona - 30 August 2013

Read Exodus 23 verse 6 Thou shall not wrest the judgement of thy poor in his cause.

mambo - 30 August 2013

May God bless you President,rambai makadaro,munaro Bhaibheri tigosangana kudenga. Imi public musataure zvamusina kuzvionera,hamunyare here?

Joel T - 30 August 2013

musona you are the one with ploblems and you should ask GOD for forgiveness .otherwise you claim to be a christian. if you were a christian you should have known GODS judgement.(psalms 75;6,7)with this verse a u saying mugabe crooked even GOD for his promotion.your langauge is very bad.whichever party you support dont allow your anger to control you.GOD has no problem of changing any leader HE can do it easly.but accept GOD's will.

evidence - 30 August 2013

It unfortunate that MDCT supporters are still in denial mode. ZANU PF won square and fair. Just after the formation of GNU, ZANU PF did a SWOT analysis and formulated strategies aimed at wining supporters back. More than 280 000 households, whether legitimate or not, got farms through ZANU PF. More than 200 000 households got ZANU PF assisted urban stands. thousands of rural folks are benefiting from the ZANU PF community ownership schemes. On the other hand MDC T has not offered people anything other than the rhetoric that 'Mugabe should go..." In a country were they is over 90% literacy rate, it is impossible to rig people's mind by mere rhetoric. During ZANU PF primaries, the turn out was overwhelmingly so much that a lot of people failed to vote. ZANU PF campaigned to have their supporters register for the harmonised elections. The number of people that voted for MDC T in 2008 were the same as those who voted in the just ended harmonized elections . This is not surprising because since 2008 MDC T has not done anything that should change their support base. Only 50% of the registered voters voted meaning that the other 50% are still undecided or uninterested. A progressive party should start campaigning now and stop time wasting in stupid political gimmicks that won't attract supporters.

The truth - 30 August 2013

Again 6 comments above, 4 pro zanu, 2 pro mdc. Zanu wins again.

Nationalist - 30 August 2013

The Bible is for all. Mugabe, Tsvangirai, ZANU PF, MDC, ZAPU we all read from the same bible. The wicked and the righteous as well.

Reason Shoko - 30 August 2013

Yes Nationalist maybe they rigged, AGAIN.HAHAHAHAHAH madzakutsaku eMDC-T , vachatosiyana nemaelections voita zvemaErection hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hlongwane Spinach - 30 August 2013

Could the real journalists out there please stand up. kuswero nyoya nyaya dzavana pokero 9Pokello) muchisiya issues of national importance. Shame on these mahoso products, anyway; BREAKING NEWS; GOVT SWEATS PROFUSELY OVER SALARIES FOR AUGUST As I write i am reliably inform that the government is failing to pay salaries for civil servants and state university lecturers. Moral is said to be very low at the country's state universities, and some are already pondering going down South. It appears soon we will be where we were in 2008. Kutaurawo zvangu zvandanzwa.

Watikiritai - 30 August 2013

Uku urikuba wobata Baiberi kuti zvidiyi? Mhondi ye Gukurahundi wobata Baiberikuti zvidiyi? NdiMwari wekupi ano ponesa mbavha yakaita sa Mugabe? Kusanyara. Kuedza kuti bata maziso. Arikunyatsoziva kuti akaba elction obata Baiberi ndochiyi ichocho? Zimbanvha remunhu. Uchaenda ku Gehena iwe Robert Mugabe.

Musona - 30 August 2013

Mamunzwa here. Hanzi the life we live here on earth is the important one nekuti kari kuziva kuti kachaenda kugehena tym tym.. shame kaakutya kufa ko vese vakakauraisa mugukurahundi havana basa? Their lives were very important as well. Am sorry Robby this one you cannot rig. Kuna Mwari hakuna ma elections and hakuna power sharing, gnu's east west imperialism santions , nikuv etc. KunaMwari kune Denga and ukasakwana.. Dazaville Gehena.

Chihombe Madala - 30 August 2013

ummmmmmmmmmmmm fantastic

aaron munyayi - 30 August 2013

I think the journo failed to interpret the statements by the prez!!! He did not say the life on earth the better one!!

Nyamusimba - 30 August 2013

YOUR OBSESSESION NA MUGABE IS ANNOYING,NOT PROGRESSIVE,YOU PUPPETS OF THE WEST SHOULD GO TO WORST.THE SAME GOD YOU SEEM TO KNOW BETTER Z THE ONE GIVING LIFE TO MUGABE.....U WILL NOT BE BLESSED TO EVEN REACH 70YRS,U HATERS.......LONG LIVE MUGABE,,,,,,YOU HATERS GO HANG....SCREWW YO MOTHERS

chappelle - 30 August 2013

YOUR OBSESSESION NA MUGABE IS ANNOYING,NOT PROGRESSIVE,YOU PUPPETS OF THE WEST SHOULD GO TO WORST.THE SAME GOD YOU SEEM TO KNOW BETTER Z THE ONE GIVING LIFE TO MUGABE.....U WILL NOT BE BLESSED TO EVEN REACH 70YRS,U HATERS.......LONG LIVE MUGABE,,,,,,YOU HATERS GO HANG....SCREWW YO MOTHERS

chappelle - 30 August 2013

@Chappelle - just because you kick Mugabe's arse doesn't mean we should all lick his old arse. He is coming to the end of his days on Earth the cruel bastard. That will be the best day in my life when he finally leaves us alone.

Zondo - 31 August 2013

@Chappelle - just because you LICK Mugabe's arse doesn't mean we should all lick his old arse. He is coming to the end of his days on Earth the cruel bastard. That will be the best day in my life when he finally leaves us alone.

Zondo - 31 August 2013

Long live Mugabe!!! Its the Lord who ordain leaders and its Him who rejects. When Chomatama's time comes he will rule if God has permitted, oh my God...God forbid a dictator worse than Mugabe who is power hungry and is driven by the desire to accumulate riches as his aspirations the Zanu Pf officials have done. Unfortunately he has reached e best level God has permitted Him, Tsvangirai being a president NOOO TB Joshua told him and his own father pronounced a curse upon him and said he will never reign Zim, Hey go and apologise to ur fr may it may b reversed and you may live ur dream of ruling Zim.......and to u baba jukwa zimbos r nt lyk foolish Lybians and Egyptians who can go abt destroying their own prpty draging dvpment dwnwards just 4 e interests of America, iwe Tsvangirai BE AWARE AMERICA ITSUTSUKUVIRI MANGWANA INOZOKUPANDUKIRA, They don just help 4 nothing!! u r their puppet since ur resources are the strings to control unfira pasina!!

TRUTH - 3 September 2013

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