Mugabe blasts Vapositori

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has attacked members of the Vapositori (apostolic sect members), for refusing to take their children to school and hospitals, citing it as one of the country’s major draw backs.

Speaking at a ceremony for the official opening of the junior Parliament and the swearing in of the junior president in Harare yesterday, Mugabe said that members of the Vapositori were not forthcoming on the issue of education and medical treatment.

“Yes then, you will also have church dzimwe dzevapositori dzisingadi kuti vana vadzidze, (that do not allow children to go to school) but we have managed to convince others semutumwa wekwaMarange,” Mugabe said.

He said thousands of the church’s denominations gather for the pass over ceremony every year.

“….and at those meetings it’s not always easy to persuade people that to go without education is disastrous in their lives, when they have their bible, their tenets and the principles of their  religious group,” he said.

He told the gathering at Parliament building that government had only managed to convince one leader in Marange to send his members’ children to school. He said the Vapositori in that area had taken heed of the call and managed to build schools.

“But that’s only one community, what about the others?” Mugabe queried.

He also attacked Vapositori on their adamant denial to go to hospitals.

“They do not believe also that when a person gets ill he should go to hospital and be treated medically.  Vane mvura yavo yavanoti yakanatswa nemutungamiri, ndoyanongonwa. Havamboda kubata kana piritsi rimwe chete, havadi, saka (they drink holy water from their leader. They do not want to take even a single tablet, so) we should do a lot of teaching.

“Kwamutumwa kwatakaenda (with mutumwa) we have succeeded in education but we haven’t succeeded on the other one, yehealth. Those are some of the things that draw us back,” he said.

He added, “We are therefore urging chiefs, traditional and spiritual leaders and other community leaders to sensitise their communities and to encourage our young people to stay in school. We should put the interest of our children first.”

Mugabe’s attack on Vapositori comes following another scathing attack from Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries founder Walter Magaya on the way the Vapositori handle spiritual issues.

Magaya alleged that Vapositori were powered by the underworld of the marine kingdom, an allegation they did not take lightly.

One of the Vapositori’s controversial beliefs include child marriages. However, Mugabe yesterday said the government was mulling aligning the country’s laws relating to marriages to forbid the marriage of young people below the age of 18.

“This alignment is in sync with our Constitution,” he said.

He said early marriages had robbed children the valuable experience of childhood, adding that some were being forced into early marriages because they could not proceed with their education due to lack of funds.

“The Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (Mics 2014) reports that 24, 5 percent of girls aged between 15 to 19 years, are currently married or in union, while only 1, 7 percent of boys in the same age group are married or in union.

“The Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) 2010 to 2011 also reported that 33 percent of women aged 20 to 49, were married before reaching the age of 18,” Mugabe said.

He said that it was clear that there was need to do more to ensure that the society allows young women to grow and reach their fullest potential.

Yesterday’s swearing in ceremony was conducted as the country also commemorated the Day of the African Child, which is celebrated every year on June 16.

Samuel Nyarenda, a form three student at Mazowe Boys High School in Mashonaland Central was sworn-in as the child president after amassing 48 votes, beating nine other contestants.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated in honour of school children who lost their lives on June 16, 1976, during the Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa.

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chiremb - 21 June 2015

Washaya zvekutaura iwe mdara mukweguri, tsve zvekutaura nezve economy yawakauraya. Why not talk about the thousands who already have degrees but failing to make anything out of their education....kuda kuhwanda naizvozvo chete kubvira riini mapostori asingaendesi vana kuschool nhasi ndozvadii? Taurira vana kuti vanowana kupi mabasa, address the nation about the state of the nation, say something at least. Kungoda kutsvaga ma topics ari easy haunyari? Enda unozorora mhani. Nyika yedu iri kutongwa nemunhu ane a very big psychological problem!! This guy is a psycho!!

gift - 21 June 2015

This is a very relevant topic. On the issue of girl child education the government needs to ensure that every girl gets at least O Level education by funding the BEAM program. This will also go a long way in reducing child marriages.

tichanetsana oneday - 22 June 2015

Please for goodness sake don`t just say va postori because if you read the bible all those who believe in Jesus christ are vapostori, so be specific here which church.

mwanawavo - 22 June 2015

With all due respect, the President did not attack vapositori. He actually pleaded with them together with traditional leaders to change their ways.

Chauruka - 22 June 2015

zimbabwe is now upside down parliament ya yevapositori here?

goodman - 22 June 2015

zimbabwe is now upside down parliament ya yevapositori here

goodman - 22 June 2015

zimbabwe is now upside down parliament ya yevapositori here?

goodman - 22 June 2015

While we can acknowledge the President's remarks regarding early child marriages, he should also talk about the state of the economy since this is now contributing to early marriages., Given the current situation, girl children are now regarded as a burden hence allowing their children to get married is the only last option. We expect Mudhara wedu uyu kuti abate bate all issues affecting the country because his silence on economic issues means everything is okay and yet it is this situation that is causing all these troubles. Mind you this is not only common kumapostori but it affects many sects of our society. Gushungo do you want to drive us back to the 18th century here?. Think about it and please consider the future generation. Ingawani Smith akasiya gapu renyama yatakadai kupedza without any replacement so what do you want to leave. Mafarms asina chiri kuitwamo here. Think about it Gushungo and please leave this other task to the young ones. But before doing that make sure that your thoughts about Zimbabwe are well know by every one. Stay Cool

F Rusinga - 23 June 2015

This Junior Parliament is what Tomana was saying lets give the child a platform. I think the president is very much agreement by his Prosecutor General

Mighty - 24 June 2015

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