Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the weekend likened the opposition MDC-T to a satanic movement and called on those who voted for the party during the 2013 elections to seek "redemption from the Lord for supping with the devil".
Addressing thousands of supporters at the launch of the Zanu PF Mbizo constituency by-election campaign, Mnangagwa said the rally was necessitated by the mistakes, failures and miscarriage of leadership in the MDC-T.
He said the by-election provided a second chance for the people of Mbizo to break their partnership with the "devil" and vote for Zanu PF candidate Vongaishe Mupereri.
"This event has been necessitated by the failures, shortcomings and ugliness of the MDC. We have come to cleanse [you of] the sins of the MDC and these sins can only be cleansed by you the people. God is not happy that the MDC has chosen to work with the whites," said Mnangagwa.
"I am happy that you have come here today to confess to God that you have sinned because of the unholy alliance of moving in the same breath with sinners in the MDC . . . If you are here supporting Zanu PF, your sins have been cleansed."
He said those in Zanu PF should count themselves lucky and are not cursed like those in the opposition.
But the MDC-T yesterday accused Mnangagwa of being insensitive.
Contacted for comment, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said, "It is very unfortunate that a person who is not only the country’s vice-president but also Justice minister could utter these kinds of irresponsible and inciting statements about a political party that is a lawful and legitimate organisation.
"This is the reason why we have argued that Zanu PF is a threat to national security. It is such kinds of statements that are a direct cause for intolerance and political violence in Zimbabwe," he said.
Last month, Mnangagwa pulled another shocker when he said he wish he could kill Tsvangirai and all his supporters.
Vice President Mnangagwa, who also doubles as Minister of Justice, said if he was God he would deprive MDC supporters of oxygen so that they all die because they are anti-revolutionary.
"We have things that we get for free from God such as oxygen, but when it comes to water we have to do something so that it is purified hence people have to pay for it. If I were God I was going to (sic) deprive all those who do not support the revolutionary party of oxygen so that they all die. I mean MDC supporters and their leader Morgan Tsvangirai," said the vice president.
He mocked the MDC-T for refusing to participate in by-elections arguing that it would not stop Zanu (PF) from ruling.
"Let them boycott elections arguing that they want reforms, but we are saying let them continue to boycott these elections while we continue to rule," he said.