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“FOR the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

I am pretty sure this phrase from Galatatians 5:17 is the basis of one beautiful song from the Catholic Church – I am not Catholic although the church could reasonably claim that it educated me – which I usually sing to myself, with all good intentions.

It is one song that every sinner, as such we all are, should internalise.

The exhortation to God is just marvellous.

It goes something like this, in Shona: “Batsirai mweya wanguNdine nhamo huru kwazvoNdine nhamoMweya wangu nenyama yangu zvinopikisanaZvinorwa.”

You could translate it simply as “Help my soul (Oh Lord) I am in a quandary because my flesh and spirit are in perpetual fight.”

The basic message is simple: that the desires of the flesh and the desires of the spirit always conflict and there is no middle ground.

It is such a big dilemma.

Or is it?

Many of us generally ease the quandary by simply reverting to the desires of the flesh it is a classic wide road that leads to hell, not the winding narrow one that should lead us to eternal life.

We all hear how the hardest of things in life are generally comparable to praying.

So who, for example, among us flesh-centred mortals, would blame a raunchy dancer called Beverly Sibanda who recently decided to revert to the dance floor, the dirty dance floor, after failing to keep up with going to church, as administered by one Walter Magaya?

Magaya is a religious upstart running what he calls Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

As it stands, Magaya has that church housed just across the road to Zindoga Shopping Centre in Waterfalls.

PaZindoga is associated with all things carnal from hedonism to prostitution.

And a fortnight ago it so happened that our Bev sneaked from Magaya’s church and crossed the road to Zindoga where she immediately hit the dance floor.

She crossed the floor from Heaven, well, if Magaya’s church and ministry represent that in the first place, to Hell.

She has crossed the Rubicon: it is a point of no return and she says she will pursue dancing like never before.

The angels of her carnal world are rejoicing.

She who was lost.

But we cannot blame her: and this is on two levels.

We are all sinners inclined to the flesh but on another level, a more serious level, it is the nature of her salvation that was wrong.

It sounded and smelled wrong in the first instance because it was couched on earthly, carnal and generally evil things based on the acquisition of money.

That is what the religious upstarts are doing these days.

Magaya promised, and delivered on giving (no pun intended) a boutique shop and other monetary incentives to Bev.

Bev was not satisfied she wanted more and was at one point censured by Magaya and reminded that he was not a bank.

The whole thing would sooner rather than later come down crumbling.

It has.

This should be a lesson to the messiahs that this country, troubled as it is, does not need in each of us is a Bev, sinning and always on recourse to vice.

We do not need prosperity, and especially empty promises of the same, but that which binds, and speaks to our souls or spirit.

It’s the economy, stupid!

Ironically, as the Bev circus has been playing out, a political plot has also been playing out and we were being told that what Zimbabwe needs now is another inclusive Government with the messiah being one Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.

Let’s point out that this was before what is currently unfolding in his party where he has purportedly been suspended, amid the skulduggery that has bedevilled the party.

Now, the issue of whether Zimbabwe needs another inclusive Government has had its fair discussion in the country, especially in light of recent calls by Tsvangirai that the Zanu-PF Government must talk to him.

He thinks he has some magic key that he can turn so that everything that is wrong economically in the country can be corrected.

Is he the same Tsvangirai who failed to do so from 2009 to 2013 within the inclusive Government when he had told us that he had “rich friends”?

The same friends who were prepared to give Zimbabwe US$10 billion?

It never came.

It will probably not, judging by the holes in the pockets of these supposedly rich friends both domestically and internationally.

Ukraine is the latest country to see such a pie in the sky.

It would be miraculous indeed if Tsvangirai, assuming he survives the turmoil in his backyard, could bring any value today.

It should be brought to light that Tsvangirai’s call for another inclusive Government is just political – and this is two-fold.

First, Tsvangirai wants to seek relevance as a national leader after losing elections last year and facing political oblivion.

Connected to this, he wanted to outsmart his internal party rivals by launching a transcendent fight which he hoped would snuff out pettier beefs.

Secondly, the reason why Tsvangirai would call for an inclusive Government II is economic.

Having been used to trappings of Government power which was attended, in his case, by a hedonistic life in high seas with different women, he was bound to miss the times.

He is missing the good old times, including having teas and biscuits with President Mugabe.

Tsvangirai is just a poor political animal and needy political animals and political messiahs are not what Zimbabwe needs at the moment.

Zimbabwe is in serious need of technocrats and experts to carry out efficient and accountable business of Government.

We today have the Zim-Asset blueprint, which, like or even better that some documents before it, is a good piece of work.

It will gather dust if not implemented.

Tsvangirai will not implement Zim- Asset, let alone his forgotten JUICE, whatever it tasted like, because, quite simply, he can’t implement anything.

That is why his rich friends never came through.

Only the best brains in the country and abroad, regardless of political affiliation, will lift this country from its economic doldrums.

The problem we have today is economic, not political.

Even if politics plays in, as in the case of the hostile interference from the likes of United States, all that is needed are economic thinkers and implementers for us to survive that hostility.

Like Smith did, largely, when the Rhodesian economy surged despite, or rather because of, international economic and economic pressures.

(Of course, the US and the apartheid South Africa came to the Rhodesian rescue by secretly buying chrome and tobacco from the sanctioned coun-try.)

For the unlettered, school dropout Smith to succeed, he had committed and competent thinkers and implementers of policy.

That is what Zimbabwe needs at the moment.

We should not be looking for sellout politicians like Morgan Tsvangirai.

We need another kind of salvation.

Tsvangirai is not the messiah we need at the moment, if ever.

Source : The Herald