ZCC congregants re­mem­ber late founder

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

TENS of thou­sands of Zion Chris­tian Church (ZCC) mem­bers con­verged at Defe Dopota in Gokwe South as the church marked 40 years since the death of its founder Rev­erend Sa­muel Mu­tendi.

Speak­ers at the gath­er­ing called for peace at all costs and urged Zim­bab­weans not to be used by for­eign­ers to desta­bilise the coun­try.

Dubbed Zuva ra Samere (Sa­muel day) @40, the church gath­er­ing at­tracted peo­ple from all walks of life with some com­ing from African coun­tries, the United States and the United King­dom among other coun­tries.

Also in at­ten­dance was Prince Hlan­gan­iso, the son of South Africa’s Zulu King Zwelithini and Princess Wandile from South Africa.

Ad­dress­ing the pil­grims at the clos­ing cer­e­mony, ZCC leader Dr Ne­hemiah Mu­tendi en­cour­aged peo­ple to pro­mote peace and love from fam­ily level to na­tional level. He said the na­tion needs peace at all costs. Dr Mu­tendi en­cour­aged Zim­bab­weans to work for their fam­i­lies, church and their na­tion.

He said peo­ple should not be used by out­siders to cause may­hem and dis­or­der in the coun­try.

“In Zim­babwe we are one peo­ple. We might have dif­fer­ent tribes but we are one peo­ple. So don’t be used to fight each other. Don’t be used by your next door neighbours to fight each other be­cause we are one peo­ple.

“Mu (A) Zion must love his fam­ily, his church and his coun­try. Don’t be used, don’t be ill ad­vised. You should work for your coun­try and for your econ­omy,” Dr Mu­tendi said.

“Or­der is im­por­tant in the church, in the fam­ily and in the coun­try.”

He said there was a need for peo­ple to pray for the coun­try.

Dr Mu­tendi said one should never be tired of his coun­try or his fam­ily; in­sti­tu­tions which he said are God given.

“You can’t call your­self a Zim­bab­wean when you don’t want to work for the coun­try. You can’t call your­self a Zim­bab­wean when you de­stroy its in­fra­struc­ture. Don’t be like fools.

“A cer­tain fool went and beat up his wife after be­ing lied to by an­other man who was say­ing that he al­ways beats up his wife when in ac­tual fact he would beat up a cow skin. Don’t be like that. Don’t be fools. Don’t be used by other peo­ple to de­nounce your coun­try, your fam­ily and church,” said Dr Mu­tendi.

He said some for­eign­ers pro­tect their coun­tries and their lead­ers but come here to use lo­cals to do the op­po­site.

“Some peo­ple pro­tect their lead­ers and coun­tries and when they come here, they use you to at­tack them. Some peo­ple have oil or nat­u­ral re­sources in their coun­tries but want to come here and ex­ploit what is ours. We should pro­tect ours,” said Dr Mu­tendi.

Rev Mu­tendi founded the ZCC in 1913 and died in 1976. — @pchi­tumba1

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