21 February 2013

Zimbabwe: 'Miracle Babies, Money Dubious'

Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has described as dubious reports that some religious ministers were making miracle babies for couples.

He said the country would not pride itself from such practices, but on scientifically proven activities. The DPM said this while responding to questions from a legislator during a question and answer session.

Mbire MP, Cde Paul Mazikana (Zanu-PF) had asked the DPM whether Government would consider making Zimbabwe a religious tourism destination for people to make pilgrimages to see those who are performing miracles.

This followed reports that United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa had assisted a couple to conceive and give birth after three days.

"The basis of the question is flawed because it centred on miracle babies and miracle money which is dubious," said DPM Mutambara.

"We respect religious leaders, but there are better things to make cultural tourism."

Zimbabwe, he said, would take pride in showcasing cultural institutions connected to its history and not miracles.

Responding to another question, the DPM said he would ensure that people were compensated their Zimdollar that they lost when the country switched over from Zimbabwe dollar to multi-currency.

"I believe this issue is now becoming a human rights and civic issue. Surely you cannot say people who had money in their bank accounts and say you have not worked the exchange rate after three years or put mechanisms to pay them," he said.

"Let's disagree on the exchange rate while you pay them. The biggest victims are ordinary people.

"I commit myself to addressing this issue."

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