I know i’m going to cop a lot of flack from the ‘touch not my annointed one’ brigade but I honestly couldn’t give a forex because when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, we all know that the truth hurts, chokwadi chinorwadza!!
…….So it’s been reported that the ladies of the UFIC (Zimbabwe) gave their pastor’s wife, Mrs Ruth Makandiwa, a $200,000 Merc as a Mother’s Day gift. Mrs Makandiwa in turn gave a handful of her congregation bags of mealie-meal (corn) for Mother’s Day. If this is true I have one question…..Seriously, who’s fooling who here?
As much as I applaud the spirit of giving I think we need to question ourselves when we ‘give’ something of this magnitude to someone who’s clearly sitting pretty yet there are hundreds of people out there who are in dire need of their daily bread. We need to question the hubris of pastors who instead of encouraging their congregation to use that money for those in need accept such gifts so that they can line-their pockets and fill their massive garages at home with a car for each of the 7-days of the week. Who’s fooling who??
I would have respected Ruth Makandiwa and the UFIC women if the donation had been made in the guise of a $200,000 university scholarship fund endowed in Ruth Makandiwa’s name for a girl-child (or 2) from their church. Once that precedent had been set, the UFI men would in all probability have done the same for a boy-child on behalf of Makandiwa on Father’s day.
At a bare minimum these UFIC ladies could have bought Ruth Makandiwa a 4-wheel drive and at least pretended that it was for her to carry out outreach work in the rural areas where her kind of assistance appears to be needed. Instead, the typical Zimscapade boganisique mentality of “putting on a show” so outsiders may think we rock – kuti zvityise – has become the acceptable standard! Kufryer ma onion kuti vepa next-door vafunge kuti tiri kuseva ne nyama.
It’s this very same ‘show-off’ attitude which has seen our Zim police officers driving Mercs as patrol cars whereas developed nations like Australia have their coppers driving utes/divvy vans (pick-ups). If you do the Math one Merc = 10 utes. It is why when you call the police for assistance in Zim the police tell you they do not have any patrol cars on hand because Snr Sgt Chimedzanemburungwe took the car out for a rendezvous with his latest floozy, and ‘if you want us to investigate you better come pick us up’. Conversley, it is why when you call for assistance in Australia you have the police knocking on your door-step in 5 minutes flat presumably because no self-respecting bloke would use a police ute to pick up his inamorata…unless it’s a divvy-van…but that’s a story for another day. The point is – if you do the math, one Merc = 3 decent all-terrain vehicles which could have been used to spread the so-called word of this church. So I ask you again UFIC people… who’s fooling who?
Can someone tell me that if we were to take a poll of the members of this UFIC church we are not going to find a child that’s gone to bed on an empty stomach. Can someone tell me that within that congregation there isn’t a mother who miscarried because she could not afford the medication required to carry a child to term. Can someone tell me that amongst their flock there isn’t a child who will be missing the start of the school term tomorrow because the parents didn’t have the funds. Can somebody please tell me that amidst their brotherhood fellowship there isn’t a father who walks to work every day because he cannot afford the bus-fare?? Can someone kindly tell me…who’s fooling who?
And yet you have a bunch of grown women who sat down and saw it befitting to give someone a luxury car when there are people within that very same congregation who are barely making ends meet. And yet you have an equally grown woman who sees it fitting to accept the gift of a $200,000 car when members of her own congregation are suffering??
All I can say is that we sure are in a lot of trouble if this is the way we choose to show the conviction and strength of our faith. It is a sad indictment on us when people stop being humanitarian and instead cede to the doctrine of religion and vulgar displays of what their money can buy yet the pantry next door is empty.
Talk to me UFIC members… who’s fooling who?
On second thought…“Just get me the driver because I too want to ride on this gravy-train that is the UFIC-Express” because going on precedent, I too can fool you!