|Church leaders slam politicians over TB Joshua invitation|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
controversial Nigerian prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua without the consent of the custodians of the day, church leaders said yesterday.
Intercessors for Zimbabwe, an inter-denominational church prayer movement which organises the National Day of Prayer told a Press conference in Harare yesterday that some pastors, along with some politicians Nicodemously invited TB Joshua to what should be a purely Zimbabwean affair.
“We don’t know why these people have done it outside the board mandated to do it. This is our concern. It’s like hijacking the event,” said Pastor Nedson Shoko who is part of clergymen behind the National Day of Prayer.
Another clergyman, Pastor Kundishora Muringani said a consortium of pastors were behind the invitation of TB Joshua under the guise of the National Day of Prayer.
“We wanted to book the National Sports Stadium for the National Day of Prayer but we were told that it had already been hired by some people where the guest of honour would be TB Joshua.
“We were anxious to know who these people were. Upon inquiries we discovered that it was a consortium of pastors who were behind it,” said Pastor Muringani.
National co-ordinator of the National Day of Prayer, Pastor, and John Chimbambo said Intercessors for Zimbabwe, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches, and Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference were the brains behind the National Day of Prayer.
“IFZ does not subscribe to the so-called Prophet TB Joshua and his teachings and has not invited him to its National Day of Prayer on the 25th of May 2012. This is a day meant for nationals to gather to pray for the nation.”
On the day, said Pastor Chimbambo, they would pray for various issues affecting the country.