HARARE - Officials in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party have a clear idea of how to get ahead.
They have adopted a time-honoured strategy for getting what they want — flattery.
Brown-nosing the dear leader has become a fashionable thing in Zanu PF.
And it doesn’t matter how high up the person is, they are all kowtowing, toadying even, obsequiously boot-licking the veteran leader who has ruled Zimbabwe for 34 years since independence in 1980.
Fawning over power brokers to curry favour is an art in Zimbabwean politics synonymous with Zanu PF.
And new minister of State for Harare province, Miriam Chikukwa, is refining this social skill.
Speaking yesterday at the official launch of Pure Gold Security Services at an event organised by the firm’s parent company, Pure Gold Housing Trust, Chikukwa brown-nosed Mugabe, apple-polishing him as God-ordained to rule Zimbabwe. She got the ball rolling with a fawning acknowledgement of Mugabe’s superiority.
“There are some people who think that president Mugabe is a dictator, no, he is not. In whatever he is doing, he is God-fearing,” Chikukwa said.
“God stood with him, that is why he is the president. This is the reason why he is there because he was blessed and is living in blessings.
“It is God who gives us kings and from the day he was born, God told him that he was going to be the president.”
Flattery is most challenging when the object of your adulation has no obvious merits, but for a man who led a 16-year guerilla war against colonialists, a freedom fighter and acclaimed intellectual, any creative mind can find an appropriate opening in these situations.
“Mugabe is God-ordained to rule Zimbabwe forever,” is one refrain used by officials to refer to the Zanu PF leader. In an intricately crafted kiss-up, Chikukwa said the 90-year-old president would never die.
“He will not die as most of you want him dead because God still wants him to live,” Chikukwa said.
She said Mugabe’s visit to the Pope’s canonisation in Vatican was by the grace of God. Mugabe returned from the Vatican City on Tuesday where he had attended the canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
Mugabe, a Catholic, is subject to a European Union travel ban, but can attend ceremonies at the Vatican.
Chikukwa said she was “very proud” to be working for a God-fearing president.
Mugabe was her “political father”, likening him to a biblical king in the book of Psalms.
“I am proud to be working with president Mugabe and I envy him,” Chikukwa added.
The launch was attended by senior police officers including assistant commissioner Isaac Tayengwa and government officials.