I’m in politics to shine light in dark corners: Pastor Chamisa
MDC president Nelson Chamisa has vowed to continue playing a role in the country’s politics as well as being involved with clerical duties.
Addressing mourners who were gathered at the Tsvangirai home on Tuesday for the funeral wake of the MDC founding president’s daughter Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java, Chamisa drew parallels with other Biblical characters who played an active role in the nation of Israel’s politics.
He said: “Some people do not know. They say pastors should desist from taking part in politics. David had three anointings; a prophetic, priestly anointing and kingly anointing.
“You should then understand. When we take part in politics, we were sent and are here to add light as politics has a lot of the dark periods, men of cloth should do more in this light,” Chamisa said.
In his comments, Pastor Sibanda had said Chamisa should instead leave for Syria if he was serious with causing violence.
Syria has been torn apart by a civil strife since the famous Arab Spring of 2011 which ousted some leaders in Arab countries.
“We are saying to him, violence does not build a nation; if he wants war, he should resign from being a pastor and go to Syria,” Sibanda told journalists at the time.
Chamisa is a qualified Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) pastor having attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.
His church is on record as saying it will not interfere with his political ambitions.
Chamisa has kept pressure against the Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration he accuses of cheating its way back to power and later subjecting locals to economic hardship through poor leadership.
Churches and Civil Society Forum chairperson Anglistone Sibanda has blasted Chamisa for his confrontational attitude and has urged the firebrand opposition chief to make a conscious effort to exchange the pulpit for the battlefield.