By Tarisai Masimba
The article portrays a dangerous narrative that promotes blind loyalty to a political leader, conflates religion and politics, and ignores the harmful practices of some religious groups.
Firstly, the article celebrates the Vapositori, a group of churches known for their extreme practices and beliefs, and their pledge to give 2.3 million votes to President Mnangagwa. The article praises the Vapositori for their support of the President, without questioning their extremist views and practices. This is dangerous, as it sends a message that religious groups can engage in harmful practices and beliefs as long as they support the government.
Secondly, the article suggests that the Vapositori are representative of the majority of Zimbabweans, which is not accurate. The Vapositori are a minority group within Zimbabwe, and their beliefs and practices are not shared by all Zimbabweans. By suggesting otherwise, the article undermines the diversity and plurality of Zimbabwean society.
Thirdly, the article conflates religion and politics, which is deeply problematic. The role of religion is to provide spiritual guidance and support, not to influence political outcomes. By suggesting that the Vapositori will vote for President Mnangagwa as a token of appreciation for his leadership, the article blurs the line between religion and politics and sends a message that political leaders can use religion for their own gain.
Lastly, the article fails to address the harmful practices of some religious groups, including child marriage and brainwashing. It is well-known that some Vapositori groups engage in these harmful practices, yet the article fails to acknowledge or condemn them. By ignoring these practices, the article sends a dangerous message that they are acceptable.
In conclusion, the article by the State owned Herald promotes a dangerous narrative that promotes blind loyalty to a political leader, conflates religion and politics, and ignores the harmful practices of some religious groups. It is important to remember that religion and politics should be kept separate, and that harmful practices must be condemned, regardless of who engages in them.