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Thursday, 29 May 2008

The big 'What if..?'

Could providence take a hand in the coming election?

What follows is little more than idle speculation, I admit. Neither is it wishful thinking, for surely no man should ever hope for the demise of another. But I can accurately report that amongst the faithful in our ruling Zanu-PF party there are anxious doubts as to whether their beloved President Mugabe can last the course.

At the weekend, 84-year-old Mugabe stood up at Party HQ in Harare, faced the live television cameras, and began his usual denunciation of all who oppose him, Americans, Brits, Martians, whoever...and then he stopped. And coughed. And coughed. And coughed.

For nearly ten minutes Mugabe was shaken with spasms. His speech ground to a halt. A glass of water didn't help. Three doctors who rushed podium-wise were waved away. Wife Grace, three metres away, sat and waited, as if she'd seen all this before.

Eventually the old man calmed down, and was able to continue his harangue. Meanwhile, in the seat next to me, a Zanu-PF delegate prayed audibly: "Oh Lord, have mercy on our leader. We need him now more than ever."

It was a point one might argue, but I left it alone. Instead I remembered that the previous week Mugabe had flown secretly to Singapore, allegedly for treatment for prostate cancer.

The presidential election run-off, between Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, is a month away, on June 27. Zimbabwean electoral law says if one candidate dies during the campaign, the other automatically wins. Now there's a thought.

After the Harare meeting I spoke to Mugabe's personal physician, Doctor Timothy Stamps. Was the President ill? I asked. Outraged, he told me that his boss was "as fit as a fiddle."

A fiddle? I decided not to ask Doctor Stamps which particular fiddle, fraud, trick, deception, swindle or dirty trick, imposed on the people of Zimbabwe during the Mugabe years, he was referring to.


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Acts 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

Perhaps history repeats itself, eh.....

Yup,it must be beginning to sink in that his nightmare has now begun!
Timothy Stamps has certainly kept a low profile and out of the limelight over the last few years. Interestingly, the USA also singled him out for sanctions along with the other Zanu PF mafia hoods.
Mengistu Haile Mariam having been sentenced to death recently by his country's supreme court is once again under the spotlight with the possibility of being extradited.

cud this be a result of Pius Ncube's prayers that the good Lord should take Bob.
shame Bob, you pride yourself of having developed the best health care in Zimbabwe but you constatly flew to our friends for treatment

This is so well written its one for my files. I loved every word.

"Zimbabwean electoral law says if one candidate dies during the campaign, the other automatically wins"

Nice. But don't forget that Zimbabwean electoral law is meaningless unless the judiciary and police enforce said law. And would they do that? A dead Mugabe just means an opportunity for the factions of ZANU-PF to cause more chaos.

It's quite likely that Mugabe's death would be worse than his survival.

A word of warning to Mcpayne and others who may wish Mugabe dead. God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent. God is not moved by the whims of men. He is a sovereign God and He rules of the affairs of man, not according to the wishes of men but according to His devine plan. So qouting scriptures out of context in order to fulfil one's desire may not be the wisest thing to do. If God operated according to men's desires, Mugabe would have died a long time ago. I remember some misguided christians praying in 2002 that MDC wins the election. Some even went to the extend of prophesying (claiming to have heard from God) that MDC and Tsvangirai would be in State house after the election. All this to no avail, because God is not a man, He is God and He alone is directing the affairs of Zimbabwe. Whether you believe it or not, like it or not God's agenda for Zimbabwe will prevail. If Mcpayne is a really born-again christian, then I suggest pray and seek the face of God in order to get a revelation from God. 2Chro 7 vs14 God says if my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and heal their land. It is only God who puts or removes leaders and NOT men. Voting yes we do, but never decieve yourselves to think that people can actually vote against God's will. God is soreveign and His will and purpose will always prevail. Pious may have prayed and no doubt any others also have prayed for God to kill Mugabe or to remove him from power, But God does not answer prayers made out of anger, hatred or pain for that matter. These are resumptous prayers. God is not moved by pity or suffering. He is moved when one prays according to His will. It is God who set boundaries for nations and put people groups in a particular place for a particular purpose. And that purpose He will see it through. If God was moved by pity or suffering then He would have intervened in Israel many times over. Just read the history of Israel His inheritance, then you will know that God is God,Sovereign and just. His justice is different from what we call justice. He is the righteous judge.

Blessing! "God is not moved by pity"..? What god do you worship? Why on earth do you pray? Ritual? According to scripture, the one true God seeks righteousness and justice, holiness and purity, virtue and kindness. Read 2 Peter 1:5-11 and tell us which of those traits Robert Mugabe and the Mugabeites seek... then tell that to those who are been starved, jailed, beaten, murdered. Where is your pity, Blessing?

While you're at it, what scripture has been taken out of context, and explain how someone can be a Christian who isn't "born again" when Jesus says we must be.

Blessing, I am very cautious... Jehovah God is awesome and fearsome, and He will judge, but I don't see that Mugabe and his supporters are concerned.

Blessing you are really misleading and scaring us Christians. What kind of a christian are you? Do you really understand yourself, or you are just waffling? Are you telling us, christians, that God does not listen to our prayers? I don't think you believe in the God we believe in, us christians. Maybe we are talking of different Gods as some people have their on Gods they believe in (seperate from us christians), who believe in the holly trinity.

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