Mzembi blasts fake prophets

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Melissa Mpofu re­cently in Gwanda

TOURISM and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Min­is­ter, Wal­ter Mzembi has blasted op­po­si­tion ac­tivists for stag­ing vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in Harare last week say­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties are af­fect­ing lo­cal tourism.

Ad­dress­ing gospel mu­sic lovers at the Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Gwanda on Satur­day at Phe­land­aba Sta­dium, Min­is­ter Mzembi said his min­istry’s ef­forts to mar­ket the coun­try were be­ing plunged into the drain be­cause of the vi­o­lent protests.

“Af­ter a good day’s work, month or years as has been the case with tourism, peo­ple have cho­sen to re­verse our work by their ac­tions. Re­cent events and protests have hurt tourism and Zim­babwe badly.

“Tourism can­not pack­age and sell con­flict. We’ve suc­ceeded to date in repo­si­tion­ing Brand Zim­babwe, largely be­cause de­spite na­tional dif­fer­ences, they’ve not trans­lated into pub­lic con­flict to the ex­tent where it con­sti­tutes a se­cu­rity threat war­rant­ing travel ad­vi­sories, which we suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated away in 2009. Any­one who seeks to gov­ern one day, or form al­ter­na­tive gov­ern­ment must in­vest in peace. We should all roundly re­ject vi­o­lence of any shade as a means of ex­pres­sion of our Zim­bab­weaness!

“We fought for democ­racy to make the bal­lot box the theatre of change, not street fight­ing. So any­one who as­pires to gov­ern must in­vest in peace, di­a­logue and su­pe­rior ideas. So let’s get off the streets, ex­er­cise mu­tual tol­er­ance for our di­verse po­si­tions and meet in con­fer­ence rooms like the ed­u­cated and en­light­ened peo­ple we are and de­sign the Zim­babwe we want.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity (ZTA) 2014 tourism over­view re­port, tourism re­ceipts recorded a marginal three per­cent de­cline from US$856 mil­lion to US$827 mil­lion.

Tourist ar­rivals in­creased by about 2.6 per­cent af­ter vig­or­ous mar­ket­ing and proof the coun­try was a safe in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion.

There were about 1,61 mil­lion tourist ar­rivals from African coun­tries, 137 465 from Europe and 66 826 from Amer­ica that year.

The coun­try also recorded 42 798 and 26 031 tourist ar­rivals from Asia and Ocea­nia re­spec­tively.

The min­is­ter said Zim­bab­weans needed to do away with fly-by-night prophets and stick to the Bible. “There’s noth­ing new on earth. Fel­low cit­i­zens you now seem so de­pen­dent on prophets but the great­est proph­esy is the Word it­self – the Bible. But you peo­ple want to pay for proph­esy, you want to hear it from man,” said Min­is­ter Mzembi.

“We’re in sixes and sev­ens to­day in Zim­babwe be­cause of many of us who think they’re hear­ing from God, when in fact it’s the Devil call­ing! Use the right and le­git­i­mate ex­change, Je­sus Christ!”

“Bow down in prayer as the Bible su­per­sedes all proph­esy! Prophets come and go, the Word stays, even if its au­thors are gone, the Word stayed.”

The min­is­ter praised the peo­ple Gwanda for be­ing peace­ful.

“We’re not gath­ered here for a shut­down, but to praise and wor­ship. I wish to con­grat­u­late you Jahun­das for your em­brace­ment of peace in this town. Good things will come to you as long as there’s peace.

“The Pres­i­dent said as much yes­ter­day (last Fri­day) and I re­in­force the same, this is not the time to shut down, but to re­build the walls of Jeri­cho, our Zim­babwe!”

Turn­ing to those in the di­as­pora, many of whom have been ac­cused of play­ing a role in the cam­paign­ing for the shut­down, Min­is­ter Mzembi said they needed to make a pos­i­tive change back home.

“Zim­bab­weans are run­ning the world be­cause of their much sought af­ter in­tel­lec­tual and hard­work­ing cul­ture. But even­tu­ally, they’ll have to come back home to a bed of thorns/roses or as has be­come the trend, back in a cof­fin, or never.”

He also com­mended South Africa-based Jus­tice Maphosa, the or­gan­iser of the Gwanda gospel fes­ti­val say­ing he would be cel­e­brated in heaven for the har­vest­ing of souls.

“Jus­tice is pre­par­ing a bed of roses, not just for him­self but for you, for all of us. Galas will come and go but some peo­ple have turned to God be­cause of Jus­tice. His hu­mil­ity and sim­plic­ity is what at­tracted me to him and I want to hail him for in­vest­ing back home.”

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