reprinted with additions from The Zimbabwean
by Tony Saxon
An Apostolic Faith Mission pastor, John Mutepfa, told political leaders not to turn churches into political parties. Mutepfa told The Zimbabwean on the sidelines of a church healing and prayer meeting, held at the Meikles Park, two weeks back that churches were for God not political parties.
Zanu-PF political leaders in Manicaland have been targeting the apostolic sects in the province to sell their political ideas.
The latest addresses were by the Zanu-PF political commissar, Webster Shamu, and politburo member, Didymus Mutasa, at Guta RaMwari Apostles in Rusape and Family of God in Harare respectively.
According to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, in early April Shamu was addressing Guta RaMwari (Zvimiso) Church members during a service held at the church’s Holy Shrine in Nyazura. He stressed the significant role played by Indigenous churches during the colonial era and after independence in supporting national economic programmes including the empowerment of previously disadvantages groups. Several Guta RaMwari Church members commended the government for the ongoing indigenisation initiative and appealed to the relevant authorities for agricultural land, more learning institutions in the area and consideration for the Presidential Scholarship Scheme.
The gathering was also attended by Zanu-PF Manicaland Provincial Chairman, Mike Madiro, Chief Mupambavashe and several Zanu-PF Central Committee members.