Zanu PF political commissar and Minister of Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, said his party would engage registrar general,Tobaiwa Mudede, to ensure voter registration is brought to the apostolic faith sect’s doorstep.
With the country set to go for elections this year and the RG’s office seized with a mobile voter registration exercise that has been extended by a month due to a miserly turnout, Zanu PF which has been romancing with the apostolic church says it will ensure a hassle free registration process for Vapositori.
“We will tell the registrar general’s office that they should bring mobile voter registration to your gatherings,” said Shamu.
The vapositori church which is subdivided into smaller groups has been a major attraction for political parties and Zanu PF politicians including vice president Joice Mujuru have been to various vapositori church gatherings all in an effort to win the forthcoming elections.
Shamu said the former guerrilla movement that has ruled Zimbabwe since attaining independence from colonial power Britain in 1980, has a strategy which includes the Vapositori.
“We have a strategy (involving you) only that we cannot discuss it on TV and in newspapers but you will see it in the next few weeks,” Shamu said.
The vapositori are represented nationally under the umbrella body, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) led by Bishop Johannes Ndanga, a former military officer.
On 25 May the ACCZ will hold a national day of prayer in President Robert Mugabe’s rural home.
Ndanga told his followers that Mugabe would confer them with awards at the prayer meeting in recognition of their unwavering support for Zanu PF.
Notwithstanding the fact that results for the country 2012 census show a marginal population growth from 12 million to 12.9 million Ndanga claims that the ecumenical body of 600 indigenous apostolic and Zionist churches has a membership of 9 million congregants.