Churches hail President

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Churches hail President

The Herald

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Innocent Ruwende and Virginia Kashiri
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not preoccupied with canvassing for votes when he attends to State business as he genuinely wants to ensure that the country recovers and Zimbabweans enjoy a better standard of living.

Speaking at a Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches Council meeting in Harare yesterday, its patron Jimayi Muduvuri commended President Mnangagwa, while dismissing claims by former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Patrick Zhuwao that Government was ill-treating former president, Cde Robert Mugabe.

“President Mnangagwa cares for all Zimbabweans; as you noticed last week, he even visited opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at his house. This only shows the type of person he is. When he is working, he is not doing it for the votes because everyone knows that Zimbabweans are going to vote for zanu-pf,” he said.

“Zhuwao is forgetting that the same zanu-pf constitution, which was used by his uncle to oust President Mnangagwa as Vice President is the same constitution, which made him the First Secretary of the party,” said the Kadoma businessman.

Mr Muduvuri said Zhuwao should instead thank Government for taking care of his uncle and not confuse Zimbabweans. Bishop Rodrick Makusha of Deep Life Ministries, Bulawayo, said the church was happy with the peaceful transition and the new political dispensation.

“As churches, we are working with the Government of the day. At the meeting today, we were being introduced to our patron, Mr Muduvuri. He is our link man with Government. We want to thank our new Government for the peaceful transition we saw: no blood (was shed) when we got our new Government,” he said.

“Some of the things the church is thankful for is the manner our new President is conducting business. We saw a lot of things, we saw that he is a man of peace. This new Government wants to do things the right way. They want to correct past mistakes. The church sees those things and will continue to pray for this Government.”

Apostle Joel Manyange of the Well International Ministries Church said ZACC will ensure that the voice of the church is one and promote a good relationship between Government and the church.

“In the past, some certain individuals who had an interest (and) who had the privilege of speaking to the media would speak on behalf of the church while the church as a house did not agree. We want to bring together the church of Jesus Christ under one administration,” he said.

It was healthy, he said, for churches to have various associations, hence, ZACC would embrace all Christian churches. The churches also hailed Government’s decision to resuscitate scripture unions in schools after being banned by former Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Cde Lazarus Dokora.

Several speakers said Government should reconsider its position on churches paying taxes, saying only those who sell promotional materials should be liable to taxes.

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