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NEWLY appointed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been approached by Zanu PF aligned clergyman Johannes Ndanga to take over as the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) patron.

Former VP Joice Mujuru was previously the patron. However on Sunday, Ndanga revealed the ACCZ would have a new patron.

He said: “The position of patron is not an individual position. It is held in connection with one’s position in government. Since our patron no longer has influence in government we are now in the process of appointing another one.”

The controversial clergyman added: “The ideal scenario would have been to appoint President Mugabe but because he is a busy man we settle for his deputy and we have since written to our choice of patron who I cannot disclose their name because consultations are still on-going.”

But sources told NewZimbabwe.com that Ndanga had already written to Mnangagwa asking him to be the new patron following the ACCZ’s annual conference held in Harare at the weekend.

“It is Mnangagwa, he will replace Mujuru because it is no longer sustainable to keep her as patron given her sacking from government and the accusations she is facing,” a source said.

Mujuru stands accused of plotting Mugabe’s violent ouster with a clique of Zanu PF members from her faction. Mujuru has strenuously denied the charges accusing her political rivals of cooking up the allegations and claiming the ruling party has been infiltrated.

Meanwhile Ndanga revealed his self-styled Christian organisation will confer First Lady Grace Mugabe with an award for “outstanding leadership.”

According to Ndanga, Grace showed leadership befitting of the Official Order of Merit Award “for standing by the President when he was vilified by the West.”

“The courage and resilience she showed will inspire other women to stand by their men and stem the tide of divorces that is rocking our society and shaking the very foundations of our nation. The divorces currently being witnessed in the country are affecting not only the church but also government programs,” Ndanga claimed.

Ndanga hogged the limelight in May this year when he tried to ban the Johanne Masowe eChishanu sect in Budiro. His entourage that included police details and journalists was bashed leaving seven people hospitalised.

In the ensuing fall-out with the sect Ndanga was accused of trying to impose Mujuru on the sect ahead of President Mugabe.

Source : New Zimbabwe