By Elijah Chihota
As an old adage goes, when life turns tough, people turn to social scientists to get relief; and politicians are not spared in this regard.
The impending elections have increased the traffic of political players who consult the so-called prophets and n’angas in order to establish if they will win in the polls.
MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has been wandering along the same lines.
While on his campaign trail in April, Chamisa stopped at an Apostolic Faith Mission Youth Conference, which was being held at Rufaro Mission in Chartsworth, Gutu, Masvingo Province.
He tried to woo the youths, who constitute the largest chunk of voters to elect him, promising them a brighter future.
In May, Chamisa was photographed together with one of the alliance principals, Tendai Biti, praying in the wilderness.
The photograph was taken after a rally which they held in Mashonaland East Province.
For all the wrong reasons, why would someone invite a photographer to take one’s photo while praying?
Obviously, this was done as a publicity stunt.
Chamisa decided to make a public showing of the praying session, contrary to what the Word of God says.
What makes it even more worrisome is that he is a pastor.
When he visited the United Kingdom in May, Chamisa attended a church service at the AFM Salvation Stevenage Assembly.
During the service, for whatever reason, Chamisa was seen praying for a kid in a wheelchair.
One wonders what political gimmick or political mileage he sought to achieve.
On June 7, while launching his manifesto, the MDC Alliance leader, out of the blue blurted out that his government would establish a Zimbabwean embassy in Jerusalem, Israel and urged Israel to reopen its embassy in Harare.
This was done with a view to court the Pentecostal Christian movement to vote for him.
Given that Israel is an ally of the United States of America, he wanted to be as close to the US as possible in order to secure some funding as his party is suffering from donor fatigue. These are clear signs of desperation.
While in Israel, he updated his Twitter followers on his trip.
“In Israel I’ve just been to Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, River Jordan, Bethlehem, Mount of Olives and Jericho on a private visit.
“I’m fortified in my faith. Israel has a fantastic road network & superb architecture in housing. We will get there in our New Zimbabwe#beholdthenew,” he tweeted.
One of his followers, Kelvin Kufakunesu? @kevykufee24 seemed to buttress the spiritual pilgrimage, “This visit will help change our situation. Zimbabwe will never be the same again”.
What also surprised most people was that Chamisa travelled to Israel to retrace the footsteps of Jesus Christ, trying to get an inspiration so that he could win the election.
One lesson that he should learn is that Israelites are patriotic to their nation.
They do not go about inviting sanctions against their own people.
His dream of matching Israeli infrastructure can only be achieved after he has learnt to preach peace, refrain from bad utterances and unfounded allegations.
The poor attendance at a rally being addressed by a presidential candidate, especially a vocal one for that matter, is a monumental embarrassment. Zvinosvodesa izvi.
What Chamisa seems to be ignorant of is the basic truth that no amount of hollering at the wailing wall of the ruins of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem will garner him votes, unless he and his party roll up their sleeves and work hard for the Zimbabwean electorate.
Unfortunately, they are out of time. No amount of #GodIsInIt Twitter campaign trail will win him the forthcoming elections, since he and his party have failed to honour the electorate’s trust by neglecting to serve them over the past five years.
Very soon Chamisa will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, the late Morgan Tsvangirai in travelling to Nigeria to consult the West African men of the cloth in the vain hope of landing a miracle electoral victory, which he has not worked for.
Locally, he is likely to try to visit the Njelele Shrine, in Matabeleland South Province in search of an unmerited electoral victory.