The Africa Apostolic Faith Mission [probably what the author meant was the African Apostolic Church, one of Zimbabwean AICs, not the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe] has criticised Zanu-PF leaders who bulldoze their way at religious gatherings in order to preach party politics.
Leader of the church, Isaiah Murove, said partisan traditional leaders and Apostolic sects, who are openly and “blindly” glorifying Zanu-PF, are working against God’s word. “We worship God and not politicians,” he said. “Our church has no room for politicians, as we are apostles of God and not apostles of Zanu-PF. He said time would come when political leaders would face their “Judgement Day”
“God has a way of doing things,” said Murove. “He hears our prayers for a better Zimbabwe. He will wipe out our tears when the time comes.”
Zanu-PF political leaders in Manicaland have been openly campaigning at Vapostori gatherings, as competition for voters ahead of elections later this year or in 2013 hots up.
Party heavyweights such as Women’s League boss, Oppah Muchinguri, secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, provincial governor, Chris Mushohwe, and provincial chairman, Mike Madiro, have been attending various Vapostori services held by Johanne Marange, Masowe weChishanu and Africa Apostolic Faith Mission [probably what the author meant was the African Apostolic Church, one of Zimbabwean AICs] among others, where they have been pitching their political manifestos.
One of the faction leaders of Johanne Marange, Noah Taguta, last year invited President Robert Mugabe to the church’s Passover. Top Zanu-PF leadership in other parts of the country, notably national political commissar, Webster Shamu, regularly addresses Apostolic sects’ gatherings barefooted and clad in church gowns in pursuit to win support for the party.
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