Leave the church alone

HARARE - The church is sacred and should be treated as such because it is a place of prayer. As a Christian nation, we should strive by all means to ensure these places of prayer remain just that.

But we have noted with sadness how Zanu PF has shamelessly used these places of worship for their own selfish needs.

Zanu PF which has lost significant support among the masses since independence in 1980, is desperate and has now turned to churches to garner support ahead of elections expected this year.

The former ruling party has since the era of the late Border Gezi, been manipulating innocent pilgrims of the so-called Vapostori sects to get votes.

This is because the majority of Zimbabweans belong to one church or another and politicians are aware that whoever gets votes in churches might win elections.

So spirited has been Zanu PF’s campaign to get this critical vote that President Robert Mugabe even risked being ex-communicated by his Roman Catholic Church after he appeared in public wearing the Vapostori’s white robe.

At another church service in Masvingo recently, Mugabe blasted his own church — the Roman Catholic — probably due to over-excitement at the large gathering he was addressing.

Now leaders of the Vapostori sects like Paul Mwazha openly preach gospel messages laden with political rhetoric.

We find it very appalling that church leaders like Mwazha see nothing wrong with openly campaigning for Zanu PF during church services.

As the country enters campaign season ahead of the general elections, Zanu PF has devised a political strategy of campaigning in churches with top officials from the party taking turns to attend Pentecostal churches especially the indigenous Apostolic sects.

Not so long ago, Zanu PF set out to court United Family International Church (UFI) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa who enjoys a large following but their efforts did not yield anything.

Zanu PF officials like Information and Media minister Webster Shamu and Vice President Joice Mujuru regularly attend church services at different congregations all in the name of luring votes.

Last week, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi went out of his way to lambast Finance minister Tendai Biti who challenged another prolific preacher who enjoys popular support Uebert Angel over his “miracle money”.

Mzembi even went as far as saying Makandiwa and Angel were good for the country’s tourism sector. - Staff Writer

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