Mnangagwa showcases his lighter side

Mnangagwa showcases his lighter side
Published: 27 May 2018 (227 Views)
President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week was in one of his most jovial moods, dedicating the bulk of his speech at the St Noah College Stadium and Sports Centre ground-breaking ceremony to jokes that left the rural community of Marange, Manicaland Province, in stitches.

Less than seven minutes into his address, the President digressed to the other side of his political career, demonstrating his humour and ability to bring his audiences to rib-cracking laughter.

He told the crowd of over 35 000 people that he was happy to meet them, not only in his personal capacity, but as Head of State, emphasising that those who were not happy to meet him should blame themselves.

"It is your fault if you are not happy to meet me, hallelujah," to which the mainly apostolic sect crowd echoed a thunderous and reverberating "Ahhhmen", followed by deafening whistles, ululations and the clapping of hands.

Seeing the response from the crowd, the President went on: "This is a sign of happiness, where there is happiness, the Lord is also happy that His flock is happy on the land."

Said President Mnangagwa: "Saka makazovona kuti ndakazotoravo mudzimai anobva kuno kumuitawo (Zanu-PF) chairman, haazi chairwoman, asi chairman uyo (Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri). Achitora chinzvimbo chava (Herbert) Chitepo handiti? Zvinhu zvakanaka. Ngazvirambe zvichingonaka, zvigongonaka, tichigongofara tichingofara.

The late Chitepo hailed from Manicaland and was the first Zanu-PF chairman.

On the day, the President seemed obsessed with the word "hallelujah". He also punctuated all the good things he spoke of with the name of the Almighty.

Some people in the crowd could be heard saying: "President Mnangagwa is really on his religious side today."

Turning to the leader of the church, St Noah Taguta, the President said congregants in Marange should benefit more due to their close proximity to the church leader.

The joke is reminiscent of that told by politicians who, because of their desire to ensure communities benefit from various projects in their areas, tell people to utilise the jails built in their areas and not "let those from far places fill them up before locals get a chance".

"Iko zvinozvi, St Noah (Taguta) mutumwa havasiri mutumwa chete muno muBocha, kana manga muchiti ndevenyu moga, madzva," he said.

"Vava vedu, vekwedu kwatiri ukoo, nekuyambuka mhiri kune dzimwe nyika, kune vakawanda, vakawanda.

"Kunotowunganwa uko kuDRC neku Angola kupfura imwi, ah, weduwe, muporofita ari mamuri, mopfurwa neku DRC, nekuAngola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique? Hallelujah!"

President Mnangagwa said during the liberation struggle, fighters were led by the Lord of War.

"Now we call upon the Lord of Peace, Hallelujah!"

Turning to politics, the President left the gathering in stitches when he said small political parties are emerging in the country, but likened them to families where one member might be mentally challenged, but that person remains part of the family.

"Ko imwe (political) party ingangomukawo zvayo, zvinongoratidza kuti kana mumba mungangozvarwa vana mukawanda sei, kunowanikwawo mapenzi anenge arimo asi vanongori vana," he said.

"Asi zvakakodzera hama dzangu kuti wanikwavo uri kuvatongi kwete kuvatongwa. Sekereke inoi inofamba nevatongiiii."

After the political jibe, the President jokingly tried to appear as if he had lost the plot, reminding himself that: "No, ndanga ndakanganwa kuti handi zvatavinga, tavinga kuzoparura kuvaka ekera, stadium handiti?"

There was more laughter in response to that.

But before long and after spelling out some Government policy programmes on reviving the economy, President Mnangagwa found himself back on the hilarious side.

"Mungava munovona musingavonesesi, munonzwa musinganzwisisi, asi kana muchiwona memaziso emweya moziva kwatinoinda kune chiedza, asi kana uchiona neziso renyama unoona paunotsika. Halellujah!"

The President said he yearns to be invited after the completion of the stadium to see men from the church, in their long beards, playing soccer.

He said the church leadership's invitation for him to return in two years' time for the official opening of the completed stadium is testimony that the prophets had seen him living for two more years.

On the issue of discipline, the country's leader said he had been called "Baba" by the church leaders; and as a soldier, that was enough for him to call the shots.

"Ah by the way, kwahi ndiri baba ve stadium, saka vana, vakomana navasikana, ehh ini ndiri musoja, discipline, hapana anopinda mustadium yangu anotuka baba, anotuka mai, hapana, ndinokusvasvanga," he warned.

"Nekuti ndiri baba vestadium ndoda discipline, ukanzi stand up, womira, sit down wogara, kosora wokosora."

The President donated 100 computers to the school, before challenging the crowd to make him happy so that he could increase the number.

Following the gathering's cheers, President Mnangagwa added 100 more computers and increased his cash donation from $20 000 to $50 000.

The gathering received Zanu-PF T-Shirts, caps and wrapping cloths for the women.

Recently, the President was in province for the official renaming ceremony of Headquarters 3 Infantry Brigade Barracks in Mutare to Herbert Chitepo Barracks.

He also addressed bumper crowds at Murambinda B Primary School in Buhera and at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.

- sundaymail

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Man breaks leg, arm in suicide bid

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 74 Views

Chiwenga threatens Chiwenga

by ZimLive | 22 October 2018 | 122 Views

RBZ captured by black market forex dealers, says Lumumba

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 91 Views

Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax court challenge dismissed

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 63 Views

Soldiers robbed

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 84 Views

P0rn stars not fit to be employed in govt offices - Ruhanya

by Stephen Jakes | 22 October 2018 | 79 Views

Wadyajena blasts Modi, Mthuli for indicating right while turning left

by Stephen Jakes | 22 October 2018 | 98 Views

MDC hijacked by dictators - Mpofu

by Stephen Jakes | 22 October 2018 | 75 Views

Chamisa 'Pfee' in fuel queue

by Stephen Jakes | 22 October 2018 | 65 Views

Of prophets-cum-political activists

by Nicole Hondo | 22 October 2018 | 43 Views

Mthuli Ncube should prioritise MDC MPs, says Mliswa

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 61 Views

Zifa complicit in Dembare disgrace!

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 65 Views

Minister voices concern over Lumumba appointment

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 61 Views

Birds of a feather, Mthuli Ncube flock with Lumumba?

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 51 Views

Political lessons from the village

by Anthony Mkondo | 22 October 2018 | 49 Views

PHOTOS: Black market cooking oil dealer in kombi crash

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 360 Views

Zimbabwean 'Ninja' honoured in Italy

by Agencies | 22 October 2018 | 120 Views

Mnangagwa's patience with Mangudya wearing thin

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 250 Views

Zimbabwe 'soldiers' invade shops, impose own prices

by newzimbabwe | 22 October 2018 | 266 Views

My question to Finance Minister - I smell a rat!

by Isaac Nkomah | 22 October 2018 | 179 Views

United Methodist Church embarks on clean-up campaign in Mvurwi

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 94 Views

Why Mnangagwa doesn't have the answers

by Robert Rotberg, Harvard University | 22 October 2018 | 180 Views

Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 160 Views

Mnangagwa's Cabinet: The skeletons are tumbling

by Tawanda Majoni | 22 October 2018 | 204 Views

Guruve vendors denounce local council

by Simbarashe Sithole | 22 October 2018 | 99 Views

Chiwenga goes down memory lane

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 156 Views

Army calls for 'ceasefire' in machete attacks

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 131 Views

Zanu-PF to crack whip on errant members

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 96 Views

Zanu-PF, MDC Alliance to square off again

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 127 Views

'Stolen $90,000 belonged to Sandra Ndebele'

by staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 134 Views

Mthuli Ncube defends RBZ

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 143 Views

Zimbabwe fuel usage up 100%?

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 89 Views

Man arrested over gun salute for dad

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 122 Views

Hookers descend on Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 22 October 2018 | 99 Views