SENIOR MDC-T official and Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone has reportedly enlisted the help of a renowned Nigerian
prophet as the fight for key positions scales feverish heights ahead of the party’s congress in May.
Makone — who is fighting to ward-off rivals keen on her position as chair of the party’s women’s assembly – distributed “holy waters” at a recent meeting telling members the liquids would give them luck.
The “holy water” was acquired in Nigeria where the minister went to visit prophet TB Joshua of The Synagogue Church of All Nations allegedly to seek help in retaining her post at the May congress.
Makone confirmed dishing out the waters but said this had nothing to do with party politics.
“Yes, I went Lagos to see TB Joshua and I brought with me some holy water for healing for myself and my family,” Makone told The Standard.
“I gave it to other members because from the airport I went straight to the meeting and when they realised that I was from Nigeria some asked me to share with them the water.”
Makone is expected to be challenged for the key party post, of head of the women’s assembly by old rival Lucia Matibenga who was controversially forced to make way for the minister by party leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in 2007.
Incidentally Tsvangirai also visited the Nigerian prophet last year and reportedly asked for support in his election duel with President Robert Mugabe.
Meanwhile, the MDC-T is concerned about the prospect another bitter and potentially divisive fight between Makone and Matibenga.
Matibenga’s reassignment in in 2007 — which she resisted without success — led to clashes between the pair’s supporters at the party’s Harvest House headquarters in central Harare.
Party sources also said several senior officials could lose their positions at the May congress with only Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe and secretary general Tendai Biti said to be safe.