Bu­l­awayo pas­tors raise alarm, plot to block bar open­ing

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PAS­TORS from Bu­l­awayo have raised con­cern over the pro­lif­er­a­tion of broth­els in some of the city’s sub­urbs, which they blamed on the open­ing of more night clubs which they said were in­tro­duc­ing young peo­ple to a life of pros­ti­tu­tion and drugs.

The pas­tors have since re­solved to block the open­ing of an­other night club at Goveya in Mat­shobana sub­urb.

The pas­tors raised their con­cerns dur­ing a meet­ing they held with Pe­land­aba-Mpopoma Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Cde Joseph Tshuma, at Iny­athi Youth Cen­tre in Mpopoma sub­urb yesterday.

Cde Tshuma’s con­stituency cov­ers Mpopoma, Pe­land­aba, Iminyela, Mabutweni and Mat­shobana sub­urbs.

The pas­tors said Mpopoma sub­urb was al­ready in­fested with beer halls, night clubs and she­beens which were too much for a small com­mu­nity.

About 20 pas­tors rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing the Brethren in Christ Church, Sal­va­tion Army and the Assem­blies of God at­tended the meet­ing.

The pas­tors said due to the many night clubs in the sub­urb, pros­ti­tu­tion was on the in­crease.

They said there was a busi­ness­man iden­ti­fied only as Ndazi who was plan­ning to open an­other night spot in Mat­shobana sub­urb, but that would be re­sisted.

BICC’s Rev­erend Carl­ton Ndlovu said as church lead­ers they were against plans to turn a su­per­mar­ket at Goveya in Mat­shobana sub­urb into a night club. He said many broth­els are sprout­ing in Mpopoma sub­urb due to the ex­ist­ing drink­ing spots. “We know that there are plans to open a night club at Goveya shop­ping cen­tre. We don’t want the night club. These night clubs have given birth to broth­els that we have here es­pe­cially in Mpopoma Flats. We’re told some de­spi­ca­ble things are be­ing done there. There is some talk that there are gays which we know is very il­le­gal. We know Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has spo­ken against gays. As the spir­i­tual over­sight of this area we don’t want the broth­els,” he said, draw­ing ap­plause from other pas­tors. In re­sponse, Cde Tshuma said although de­vel­op­ment was im­por­tant, it should not com­pro­mise so­ci­ety.

Cde Tshuma said peo­ple who have turned their houses into broth­els need to be brought to book.

He said due to the emer­gence of night clubs, some land­lords were turn­ing their houses into broth­els for “easy money.”

The leg­is­la­tor promised to stand with the pas­tors in fight­ing against the open­ing of the night club.

“We need to stand firm to­gether and say no to an­other night club. We need to fight the is­sue of broth­els and en­sure that those who’ve turned their houses into broth­els are brought to book,” said Cde Tshuma.

King­dom Messengers In­ter­na­tional Church’s Pas­tor Gift Mpofu said par­ent­ing has be­come a night­mare due to the night clubs and strip clubs.

He said the law was more favourable to chil­dren, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for par­ents to im­pose rules at home.

An­other pas­tor said night clubs were cor­rupt­ing young peo­ple by in­tro­duc­ing them to a life of drugs and pros­ti­tu­tion.

Cde Joseph Tshuma

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