Chamisa’s Tasteless Politicking at Funeral Regrettable

Nelson Chamisa, the losing presidential candidate, once again used a funeral as a platform to criticize President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who defeated him in the 2023 Harmonised General Elections. At the funeral of the late CCC Senator Murisi Zwizwai, Chamisa claimed he was the “father” to the President, citing former President Robert Mugabe’s remarks. In contrast, his political rival Tendai Biti delivered a respectful eulogy focusing on Zwizwai’s life.

Chamisa has earned the nickname “funeral president” for his tendency to use funerals to launch political attacks instead of offering condolences and honoring the deceased. His comments about President Mnangagwa were seen as childish and disrespectful.

Chamisa, who presents himself as a Christian pastor, has been criticized for not adhering to Christian principles as outlined in the Bible, specifically Romans 13:1-7, which calls for respect for governing authorities. His failure to show respect to President Mnangagwa contradicts his professed Christian values.

Furthermore, Chamisa’s remarks were particularly inappropriate given the context. Zwizwai, who was aligned with a different faction within the CCC, had been marginalized by Chamisa in the candidate selection process before the 2023 elections. He was only recently appointed Senator by the Tshabangu faction after being excluded by Chamisa despite his long service as Harare Central MP.

In contrast to Chamisa’s remarks, Biti’s respectful tribute to Zwizwai highlighted the importance of maintaining dignity and respect, especially during times of mourning.

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