ZANU PF mandarins are falling over each other to congratulate newly appointed vice-presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko in what appears to be desperate attempts to ingratiate themselves with these new centres of power.
Admittedly, there is nothing wrong with the Zanu PF faithful publicly acknowledging the ascendency to power of the two freedom fighters in flattery language, but there is everything wrong when sycophants draw comparisons between a mere mortal such as Mnangagwa and Jesus Christ.
Josiah Hungwe, the Psychomotor minister, referred to Mnangagwa, as the Son of Man, during a fete the Crocodile hosted at his rural home to celebrate his appointment as the second in command in Zanu PF and the republic.
Without any iota of shame Hungwe said: “This man who has been made VP has various names that we all know, but some of the names you don’t know them. He is known as the Son of Man. I can tell you that I received several texts from Bishop Andrew Wutaunashe telling me that the Son of Man will be ordained VP way before these things happened and I just told him that I had heard him because I know he is a Man of God.”
While public opinion is divided whether Hungwe had one or too many or was overwhelmed by the occasion, what is in no doubt is that he took bootlicking and sycophancy to new higher levels if not out-rightly blasphemous ones.
It would appear in the minds of politicians in the Mnangagwa camp, Ngwena is seen as the next president and therefore the bootlicking is a ploy to secure a place at the high table in the perceived Mnangagwa presidency.
The hangers-on now view Ngwena as some sort of saviour because Jesus was the Son of Man.
Hungwe should be reminded that bootlicking is indeed a long-horned survival political strategy in Zanu PF, but it has proven to have dire consequences when push comes to shove.
Lest he forgets, former Zanu PF national political commissar, Webster Shamu, once referred to President Robert Mugabe as Cremora, but where is he now?