President Mnangagwa’s Marange glitter


THERE is something unique about President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election campaign that has easily wooed voters and reshaped the political landscape in Zimbabwe.
There has been a redefinition of the politics of the country and with it, has been a marked departure from the abrasive politics of the past.
The opposition, for all its incongruous harpings has notched well over 60 unimpeded rallies, a first in the country.
Yet on the surface has been one of the most sophisticated election campaigns since 1980.
In just seven months, we have witnessed the resurfacing of roads across the country, reopening of mines and factories and the revival and expansion of some of the country’s key institutions.
Still that has not been enough.
Investors have come and the much-maligned billion-dollar deals have begun to bear visible results on the ground with the coming in of the Karo Resources project in Mhondoro-Ngezi, the commissioning of the expansion of the Hwange Unit 7 and 8 plants and the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power, among others coming into fruition.
And there has been more for the people of Zimbabwe to cheer about.
King Mine in Mashava and the revival of the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) in Masvingo are among other projects that have been revived.
This new administration has not been about talk, but action.
It has been about action, real action and more action.
On Saturday last week, President Mnangagwa was in Marange, that land of uniquely contrasting fortunes.
On the surface is perennially dry land, eerily consuming the fuming heat from above.
This is land that bluntly refuses to nourish crops and in the few instances that it does, the produce is rarely enough to feed the good people of that dry, arid region.
Something beautiful sits in the eye of a visitor in that area; nature and its beauty.
The towering mountains and lush green vegetation carpeting the surface encompass the good heartedness of the people of Marange.
There, you find hardworking people toiling for a living, far detached from the hustle and bustle of the urban areas.
There, you find the beauty of nature, sprawling and spreading as far as the eye can see.
There, you find diamonds, gems whose unearthing will without doubt spur the country’s much-needed economic growth and development under the leadership of President Mnangagwa.
The diamonds lie there under the surface, waiting to be exploited for the betterment of the people of Zimbabwe.
However, the biggest gem in Marange resides at the Johane Marange Shrine at Mafararikwa in Bocha, Marange.
There is a man there called Mutumwa Noah Taguta.
He leads one of the biggest apostolic sects in the country.
President Mnangagwa was among invited guests by Mutumwa Noah Taguta to grace the Church’s annual Passover on Saturday last week.
And something special happened there.
A prophecy.
One about the future.
The country’s future and President Mnangagwa’s future.
A future that those in the opposition have been dreading all along.
A future that they have swiftly dismissed but one that will return to haunt them in the next coming few weeks.
It was a prophecy that was delivered by more than six prophets from the church and one that should be borne in mind for, if the campaign by President Mnangagwa is anything to go by, it will surely come to pass.
President Mnangagwa’s victory is guaranteed, said the prophets.
ED had words of praise for the sect during his presentation.
“I want to thank Baba Mutumwa Taguta. He has extended his benevolence to me and shown me the way,” he said.
“He said, my son, this is the correct path to follow and if I fail, that will be my own fault (sic).
“As the leader of the country, I preach, day and night, the gospel of peace and unity.
“Yes, we are approaching elections and you have assured me victory.
“What God has written with his hand is final.
“My victory has been prophesied here and nothing is going to stand in the way of that prophecy. I thank you all for that.
“It is my hope and hope of the new Government that we should have peace and unity in our country.
“God cherishes to see his people united and working together in harmony.
“We want peace among Christians, we want peace among Zimbabweans for our country to develop.
“Receiving blessings from God is easy if you are united.
“The last time that I met Mutumwa Taguta, he requested if Government can provide the church with a farm to do projects and we have honoured that request.
“They also requested tractors and I said, as Government, we will do our best, depending on the availability of funds. You also requested that we sink boreholes here for people to have safe drinking water and I am sure, work is underway to address that.
“We do that as Government because the people we lead are from the church. Church has a role to prepare for our future life.
“Everything that we do as human beings will come to an end, but the word of God that you preach will be there forever.”
In turn, the church could not simply hide its joy by playing host to the man who has taken the country and the world by storm since his ascendancy to power on November 24 2017.
Everywhere President Mnangagwa has gone, he has brought glitter and Marange felt it on Saturday last week.


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