Breaking News

MDC-T denounces African Apostolic church leader Muporofita Mwazha

by Staff reporter
22 January 2013 | 9430 Views
A 95-year-old church leader commanding a million-plus followers has crossed swords with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC, which accuses him of undermining the party amid concerns that Zanu-PF is abusing churches.

The MDC is denouncing Paul Mwazha, leader of the massively-followed African Apostolic Church, for allegedly propping President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF in his sermons.

Mwazha is on an evangelical crusade countrywide.

He torched controversy with MDC leaders in Mashonaland East Province last week when addressing a multitude, allegedly urging people to vote for President Robert Mugabe.

Mwazha says he is neutral and the allegations are hogwash.

MDC councillor for Ward 1 Archibald Mudimu, however, said Mwazha's open- air sermon at Munyawiri Secondary School in Chinamhora was full of anti-MDC sloganeering.

"He has held two meetings in Goromonzi West and we know that he has been preaching against our party leader Morgan Tsvangirai telling his church members to vote for Zanu-PF and Robert Mugabe in the elections," said Mudimu.

"We don't want him any more in our area as he is preaching politics," said Mudimu.

African Apostolic Church general secretary Richard Juru denied that Mwazha was preaching politics at the crusades but was praying for all national political leaders.

"We pray for our inclusive government leaders that is President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other cabinet ministers.

"Maybe some of the political leaders are feeling that they are being left out, but we don't segregate against anyone as we don't want to be engaged in politics. But there is nothing wrong if we pray for President Mugabe because he is the national leader," said Juru.

"I invite you to our church sermon and you can hear for yourself prophet Mwazha preach and hear whether he is segregating against Prime Minister Tsvangirai," he said.

As the country enters the campaign season ahead of general elections, Zimbabwe's political parties have gone all out to woo voters found in churches.

Mugabe, his deputy Joice Mujuru and a host of his party officials have been frequenting church services mainly for the apostolic faith in a bid to hook up voters in this hugely popular movement.

While generally a fan of controversial Nigerian preacher and "miracle man" TB Joshua, Tsvangirai has also been on a whirlwind drive to associate with churches.

In partnership with some churches, he was recently on a tour of the country meeting grassroots people in a programme dubbed prayer rallies.

Despair arising from deep seated poverty and unemployment – two signs of the failure of the coalition government– has forced millions to turn to churches for hope.

Largely a Christian country, Zimbabwe has seen a mushrooming of different types of churches.

From prosperity gospel powerhouses such as Emmanuel Makandiwa's United Family International Church to small groups congregating under trees, churches are taking centre stage in Zimbabweans' lives.

With elections possibly less than six months away, Zimbabwe is likely to see an intensification of churches playing a leading role in voter mobilisation.


Source: dailynews


News Updates


Latest News

MDC-T members denied food in Mashonaland East - The MDC-T members in M...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 100 Views

RDZ accuse Zanu PF of intimidating its candidate - The Renewal Democra...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 256 Views

Riot police seal off NRZ building - RIOT police dispersed off disgrunt...

by Thobekile Zhou | 25 November 2015 | 550 Views

Road to be named after Mujuru - Harare City Council has given acting t...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3142 Views

War over Grace Mugabe breaks out - Zanu-PF's factional fights came to ...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 3137 Views

'Mnangagwa surviving on Mugabe's charity' - Despite the widespread bel...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2432 Views

Mujuru followers get death threats - Supporters of Joice Mujuru said t...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2096 Views

Mugabe praises Mnangagwa - President Robert Mugabe seemed to have all ...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2517 Views

Man fondles church-mate - A 58 year old man from Epworth allegedly fon...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2921 Views

'Namibian police hunting for Zimbabweans' - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 25 November 2015 | 3656 Views

USAID provide food for drought prone Matabeleland - The United States ...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 998 Views

Strive Masiyiwa knocked out of Forbes Africa's top 50 richest list

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 2291 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes visa requirements for Chinese nationals - ZIMBABWE ha...

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2015 | 993 Views

Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation holds awareness campaign in Bulawayo

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 796 Views

Taxi drivers protest against rouge police - Scores of commuters where ...

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1450 Views

Munyaradzi Diya planning a sensational return to Highlanders FC

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 25 November 2015 | 1889 Views

40% of violence victims in the country in October were MDC-T

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 559 Views

Chinese national jailed 10 yrs in Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2015 | 1407 Views

Bulawayo records few violence incidents- ZPP - Bulawayo has recorded v...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 403 Views

Mashonald West record highest violations number - As the Zimbabwe Peac...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 365 Views

Cellphone thief falls into storm drain, dies - A SUSPECTED cellphone t...

by Adelaide Moyo | 25 November 2015 | 1835 Views

Kariba MP encourages CSOs to engage parliament - Kariba MP Isaac ...

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 316 Views

Man steals to make wife pretty

by Adelaide Moyo | 25 November 2015 | 1179 Views

PSMAS accused of donating $4m to Zanu PF while failing to service members

by Stephen Jakes | 25 November 2015 | 1166 Views

Econet barred from increasing tariffs

by Fidelis Munyoro | 25 November 2015 | 1195 Views

Moth open darts tournament - for a worthy cause - It is in very rare i...

by Collen Maenda | 25 November 2015 | 423 Views

Maid shot dead - POLICE in Bulawayo have launched a manhunt for a man ...

by Pamela Shumba | 25 November 2015 | 2301 Views

Woman in trance reveals four 10-year-old murders

by Pamela Shumba | 25 November 2015 | 1830 Views

Psychology Maziwisa seek donations for Mudhara Bonzo

by Sophia Chese | 25 November 2015 | 1421 Views


Bob Marley family confront Zimbabwe Music Awards

by Bongani Ndlovu | 25 November 2015 | 1867 Views

WATCH: Late Night show's analysis of Zanu-PF factional battles - LATE ...

by Staff reporter | 24 November 2015 | 2055 Views

Pregnancy won't stop me from flying, says Sandra Ndebele

by Bongani Ndlovu | 24 November 2015 | 2988 Views

Frustrated Hosiah Chipanga dumps Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 24 November 2015 | 4041 Views

Miss Rural Goromonzi Crowned - It was a day to remember for the Goromo...

by Stephen Jakes | 24 November 2015 | 1050 Views

Heavily pregnant Sandy delays flight for an hour

by Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 6984 Views

Eutelsat to speed up Zimbabwe digitisation

by Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 1286 Views

P.O Box comedy collapses

by Staff reporter | 22 November 2015 | 3147 Views

Hp Omen 15-5116tx – The Next Generation Gaming Laptop

the hp omen 15-5116tx is being targeted at the performance hungry gamers. it comes in a single variant boasting an eye-catching attractive design. the notebook offers a slim, lightweight chassis and appears like a piece of art than an actual gaming... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago

Five Reliable Outlook Pst File Repair Tools

Outlook pst files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. if your organization relies on outlook, one of these tools could save the day. outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. let's take a look at five that can... Read More
ITnews 04 May 2015 ago