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Zanu PF Youth League Boss: Mugabe is Like Jesus Christ

FILE: Kudzai Chipanga addressing Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters.
FILE: Kudzai Chipanga addressing Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters.

Zanu PF Youth League secretary, Kudzai Chipanga, says President Robert Mugabe is an angel and third in line after Jesus Christ and God.

Chipanga said this when he was addressing ruling party youth at Chinhoyi University on Saturday.

He said Mr. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for more than 37 years, is almost like Jesus Christ as people literally worship him.

“He is our messiah … He is second to Jesus. He is our liberator. We honor God and we our Jesus. Thirdly we honor President Robert Mugabe. He is our liberator. When Jesus came He liberated this world. When President Mugabe came he liberated us during his lifetime. So, why not honor him?”

Chipanga noted that the Zimbabwean ruler has become a “spiritual” leader as all top party officials consult him on various issues relating to political processes in the country.

He further said some politicians, attempting to get support from the Youth League, should think again as the organ of the Zanu PF Youth League only recognizes President Mugabe as the only center of power.

This appeared to be an indirect reference to ruling Zanu PF officials like Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said to be harboring ambitions of succeeding the 93 year-old Zimbabwean leader.

Mnangagwa allegedly leads a faction of the party known as Team Lacoste while the other group is allegedly fronting Mr. Mugabe’s wife, Grace, as the rightful person to succeed him.

The former liberation party is currently riddled with factionalism amid concerns that President Mugabe’s time is almost up due to old age.