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Below is the religious- political propaganga concerning the Zimbabwean bird symbol which MDC President Nelson Chamisa condemned on Wednesday afternoon.
“That Zimbabwean bird symbol is part of our problem. We must deal with institutional idolatry,” Chamisa said.
The below Sunday Mail hit was used by ZANU PF to justify election rigging in the 2013 elections and the assassination of four Zimbabwe Electoral Commission employees who include its Director Of Information Shupikai Mashereni.
The article claims that the Zimbabwe bird landing was first in modern history. It states:
The landing of the “Zimbabwe bird” at his homestead is only the third such occurrence in the country’s history. “The first message was when the Zimbabwe bird led the people from Guruuswa during the First Chimurenga. The second one was during the Second Chimurenga and this is now the third such incident to be recorded.
The article then proclaims that the nation was under invasion from an enemy. “Tikasangwara, nyika inoyenda. (If we are not careful, we will lose this country.) “We fought the war and attained independence, but there is a danger that the enemy will reverse the gains we made.”
Bizarre events as Zimbabwe bird lands
Saturday, 06 October 2012 23:51
Chief Chiweshe and spirit medium Katombo Kanyai display the Zimbabwe bird which landed at the spirit medium’s homestead.
Villagers in the Ramahoro area under Chief Chiweshe were left stunned after the area’s spirit medium, Sekuru Katombo Kanyai, reportedly talked to lions, baboons and a snake after a traditional ceremony.
The bizarre events are said to have occurred days before the symbolic fish eagle, which is the official Zimbabwe bird, landed at the medium’s homestead.
Sekuru Kanyai’s homestead is believed to be Mbuya Nehanda’s former residence.
Traditionalists believe the landing symbolises “great things to come” as legend has it that the emblematic bird rarely lands on the ground.
Chief Chiweshe Joseph Chigariro confirmed the mysterious events which have left many people in the area baffled.
“Soon after the bira (traditional ceremony) which we organised for the national army, a delegation of baboons visited the site of the bira known as Pamuchakata Wambuya Nehanda, where they held a tête-à-tête with the spirit medium in a language which I could not comprehend,” said the chief.
Chief Chiweshe claimed that later in the day Sekuru Kanyai held meetings with a pride of lions which he said had been sent to deliver the same message as the baboons.
“Not in my seven years as the chief of this area have I witnessed a phenomenon of this nature.
“I could clearly see and hear that the medium was communicating with the animals, but I could not comprehend how they were communicating because the language they were speaking is alien to me. It was a strange language,” he said.
Sekuru Kanyai emphasised that the landing of the “Zimbabwe bird” at his homestead is only the third such occurrence in the country’s history.
“The first message was when the Zimbabwe bird led the people from Guruuswa during the First Chimurenga. The second one was during the Second Chimurenga and this is now the third such incident to be recorded,” he said.
Sekuru Kanyai said it was important to note that the Mazowe area is of historical significance since it was the area where the First Chimurenga, spearheaded by Mbuya Nehanda, Chief Chiweshe and his brother Hwata, sprang from. “The message these happenings are bringing is that people must get back to traditional ways of doing things to stop rampant starvation which is currently bedevilling the nation,” he said.
Sekuru Kanyai said modernisation has resulted in traditional leaders being looked down upon.
“In this era the judgments of chiefs are reviewed by young magistrates educated by the colonial system which is a far cry from the chiefs of the older days, who were the custodians of the law and all liberties,” he said.
The spirit medium also castigated the sprouting of numerous church organisations which castigate traditional culture as evil.
“I’m not against the religious system, but I’m against the bad ways in which these religious organisations are operating.
“These church organisations are labelling spirit mediums as evil spirits, yet we all know that there is one God and we all belong to Him and have different ways of praying to Him,” said Sekuru Kanyai.
During his interview with The Sunday Mail, the spirit medium was “visited” by a pangolin, another revered animal whose sighting is always linked to mystery.
“This is another message from the heavens,” said Sekuru Kanyai in reference to the pangolin.
“I will be approaching the relevant authorities to deliver this message . . . tikasangwara, nyika inoyenda. (If we are not careful, we will lose this country.) “We fought the war and attained independence, but there is a danger that the enemy will reverse the gains we made, so it’s for the good of every Zimbabwean to take heed of what the ancestors are saying.”