Chik­winya’s PHD ap­pear­ance wor­ry­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — While Women and Gen­der Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nyasha Chik­winya has the right to as­so­ciate with any­one her heart so de­sires, her ap­pear­ance at Wal­ter Ma­gaya’s PHD church on Sun­day sends a blurry mes­sage.

The case in which the prophet is be­ing im­pli­cated falls within her port­fo­lio partly and she should show sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

It may be mis­read by some as if she is sid­ing with the prophet amid claims by some Ma­gaya faith­fuls who are sug­gest­ing that the girl could be mak­ing false claims.

In short, her at­ten­dance en­dorses what the Ma­gaya fol­low­ers are say­ing.

In this in­stance she was sup­posed to show neu­tral­ity con­sid­er­ing that she is a pub­lic fig­ure and a re­spected mem­ber of so­ci­ety. Maybe I am just read­ing too much into a mere ap­pear­ance, but I think the is­sue should be treated pru­dently. The is­sue is ob­vi­ously be­fore the courts and the man is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty, but the girl also de­serves a ben­e­fit of doubt. Sup­pos­edly, prophet Ma­gaya ends up get­ting con­victed it means that the min­is­ter would have stood in sol­i­dar­ity with a man who used his po­si­tion to take ad­van­tage of a con­gre­gant. I main­tain, she is hu­man and has free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion, but her pres­ence was used to ‘‘le­git­imise the crowd’’ that thronged PHD on Sun­day by news­pa­pers. That is wor­ry­ing if you ask me. Love­more Ng­w­era.

Min­is­ter Nyasha Chik­winya

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