Mugabe disappoints Marange sect members

Mugabe disappoints Marange sect members

Source: Mugabe disappoints Marange sect members | Newsday (news)

 

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s last-minute cancellation of his scheduled visit to the Marange Apostolic Sect annual Passover pilgrimage has left many sect members disappointed.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe aborted the trip after returning from Singapore on Saturday morning, with his spokesperson saying he needed to rest.

The visit to the diamond-rich area was seen as a follow-up to an earlier visit by the Registrar-General’s Office to begin an exercise of doling out identification documents.

“We were expecting the President, we started our Passover on July 1 and we are ending it tomorrow (today). We were told that the President is coming, we were looking forward to having him here, but have been advised he is no longer coming,” sect member, Titus Mudziro said.

Another sect member, who identified himself as Madhuku, said they were disappointed.

“We don’t know what happened because we are told that the President is no longer coming. We are sad indeed,” he said.

The opposition reacted angrily to Mugabe’s then planned visit, accusing the Zanu PF leader of seeking to manipulate the “docile” congregants for the benefit of his party ahead of elections next year.

The annual Johanne Marange Apostolic Church Passover draws thousands of pilgrims from across Africa led by Noah Taguta.

MDC-T Manicaland provincial spokesperson, Trevor Saruwaka yesterday said Mugabe’s visit could had coincided with serious manipulation of registration exercise by Zanu PF.

“The visit by Mugabe to Marange Shrine could coincide with serious issues of manipulation of the voter registration exercise,” he said.

On Saturday, Information minister Christopher Mushohwe rubbished the vote-rigging claims.

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    mwanawevhu 1 week

    beyond that, what are your countermeasures against such manipulations now and into the future. you (mdc) are not a media house, but a political party. we want to know your strategic response(s).

    Its not enough just to inform us, tell us what you are doing. why are you not also reaching out to those voter communities. sei musina kuenda kupasika when chatunga failed them. even if he had appeared, you could have followed on and made your presentation

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    SPM 4 days

    Why do you get disappointed not to be visited by a political figure. Rather be disappointed if Christ fail to visit you.