Praying for a solution
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?