MASVINGO — An apostolic church bishop says outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost to President Robert Mugabe in the just-ended elections, needs everybody’s prayers so that he “comes back to his senses” and accepts the disputed poll result.
Mugabe garnered 61% of the votes cast to defeat Tsvangirai.
But the former trade unionist has dismissed the result, saying the elections were “stolen” by Zanu PF.
He alleged rigging and was set to contest the poll result at the courts in 100 constituencies.
Speaking on the sidelines of a lukewarm Zanu PF victory march and celebrations yesterday at the Masvingo Civic Centre grounds, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe provincial chair, Bishop Lyphet Matenda, said Tsvangirai needed to be exorcised of “spirits that have made him an appendage of the West”.
“We should really pray for Morgan Tsvangirai. Everyone must also do so. He should not continue to be used by the whites. He should just accept the poll results,” he said.
In Masvingo, Zanu PF brewed a shocker after it reclaimed all 26 seats — save for Bikita West under expelled former Reserve Bank official Munyaradzi Kereke — to retain its one-party province situation.