Nelson Chamisa, opposition politician and leader of the MDC Alliance party has come under fire after his remarks about idolatry and religion. Some people took exception to Chamisa’s words, saying that he was making fun of the statue of Mbuya Nehanda as well as African traditional religion.
The statue of the liberation icon and spirit medium Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, famously known as just Mbuya Nehanda was unveiled on Africa Day by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
A verse from the Bible was shared by Chamisa the day before the unveiling of the statue.
‘But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images. For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:13-14’
However, some people did not accept this and began to blame Chamisa for looking down on and insulting the country’s traditions and indigenous religion. Some quarters also blamed the charismatic politician of religious fundamentalism and trying to impose his Christian religion on everyone else. Regardless of the disputes from others, some defended Chamisa, claiming that he is free to air his views on anything. Others also agreed with his sentiments and quoted their own Bible verses.