Opinion: Economic saboteurs worth the treason charge


IN the final days of his earthly sojourn, Christ told Caiaphas the high priest (in reference to himself) that he would, on the great judgment day, “see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power” (Mark 14:62).

In response to Jesus’ divine profession, Caiaphas rent his priestly garment on the collar, in what then was a show of public disapprobation to utterances considered blasphemous – in this case Jesus Christ’s affirmation that he was the Son of man and, therefore, God.

Never had it dawned on most of Israel that Jesus was Yahweh’s long-awaited Messiah, appearing to them incarnated in Jesus in order for their redemption as well as set an example to earthly authorities pertaining to theocratic governance.

But for all of Christ’s unrestrained and irrevocable love for their nation, Israel, all they could do was treat him with contempt and disdain, even conniving with the Roman government to have him killed.

At one time, while on retreat in a wilderness with his disciples, Jesus found himself thronged by several thousands of people in need of divine intervention in their daily affairs.

Three days on, their food stocks ran out and needed replenishing.

The story rumbles on until a young man with two fish and five loaves of bread is made to hand them over to Christ.

From there, Jesus Christ takes over the situation, blesses the food, feeds the more than 5 000 people and the rest is history.

But across the wilderness in Jerusalem is an indulgent and overly fed royal priesthood and many belonging to the “Billion Dollar Club”.

Jerusalem’s material condition then resembled that which was depicted by Prophet Amos during Ahab’s reign in Samaria, occasioning the prophet to disparagingly refer to the city’s elite as the “cows of Bashan”; Bashan being a lushly valley where only “fattened” beasts belonging to the royal class grazed (Amos 4:1).

But it is Chiwoniso Maraire’s blockbuster hit-song, Mwari Baba Ivai Nesu, with its befitting lyrics: Vamwe vanorara nenzara, Vamwe vachifa nekuguta (Some wallow in hunger, while others are overly fed) – which unmasks the lie that characterises Zimbabwe’s draconian and existential reality.

To Maraire, even posthumously, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s so called austerity measures are never for the rich!

Meanwhile, Jesus Christ’s earthly life was quite engaging, sometimes involving him with society’s most hated and ostracised, among them Zaccheaus the tax collector (Luke 19: 1-10).

What made people of Zaccheaus’ ilk hated was that they would bid for and purchase tax bundles from the Roman government for sale later to fellow Jews at extortionate prices.

Tax collectors were referred to as sinners and publicans, xenophobic terms reserved for them for their making money out of the plight of others.

In contemporary times, Wicknell Chiclayo’s Intratek and Kudakwashe Tagwirei’s Sakunda Holdings would easily qualify for a place among some of Zimbabwe’s economic saboteurs for their involvement in the Zimbabwe Power Company and Command Agriculture tenders, respectively.

One of the most difficult encounters Christ ever had was with traitors.

Such individuals as would easily violet their allegiance with an affiliate are not easily redeemable.

Concerning Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, it is said his too much love for money made him betray his master, Christ, for 30 pieces of silver.

Without doubt, Zimbabwe Econet’s Strive Masiyiwa is one globally recognised businessman the country has ever produced since Independence in 1980.

But in recent times, Econet Zimbabwe’s Cassava Smartec, responsible for administering the company’s EcoCash platform – whose subscriber base is said to be around 10 million people – has found itself on the deep-end.

Almost without exception, all 55 000-strong EcoCash agent-line holders levy about 50% cash-out per transaction.

Econet Zimbabwe has had humble beginnings, and has benefited immensely for support of its venture from mostly poor Zimbabweans.

But with Zimbabweans now caught between the hammer and the hard place in terms of the economy and expecting fair play from Econet’s EcoCash platform, owner Masiyiwa has been conspicuous by his silence.

People now feel betrayed and robbed by EcoCash.

But of Christ and to such traitors as Judas Iscariot, he had no more words, only saying “good were it for that man if he had never been born” (Mark 14:21).


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