Pray­ing for a so­lu­tion

African Independent - - OPINION -

THE eter­nal con­flict be­tween God and state, or com­plic­ity de­pend­ing on where in the world you find your­self, is not unique to Africa.

Africans are peo­ple of strong be­lief, in our an­ces­tors and the gods we be­lieve cre­ated them.

It is wor­ry­ing then to see trou­ble brew­ing in Zim­babwe over a new gov­ern­ment rul­ing re­quir­ing churches and prophets to reg­is­ter as tra­di­tional heal­ers or med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers. Those who defy the law risk be­ing banned.

Churches say this is an in­fringe­ment on re­li­gious free­dom and have vowed to defy the law.

With Zim­babwe’s economy in the dol­drums, many are turn­ing to churches and prophets as a way to find re­lief. Sadly, for many, ex­pec­ta­tions are not re­alised, and money is lost. Who is in the wrong? The church for pro­vid­ing hope, the wor­ship­per for blind faith, or the gov­ern­ment try­ing to con­trol how churches op­er­ate?

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