Front row seat in na­tion build­ing

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY - Re­li­gion Writ­ers

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa has enun­ci­ated his Vi­sion 2030 of trans­form­ing the coun­try into an up­per mid­dle in­come econ­omy in the next twelve years. Af­ter declar­ing that ‘‘Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness’’, he has been mak­ing fran­tic ef­forts to at­tract in­vestors. In the Sec­ond Repub­lic, more en­ergy is be­ing ex­pended on eco­nomic re­cov­ery. And as eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity hots up, re­li­gion has taken its place in na­tion build­ing.

In his ser­mon, “The Bless­ing of Do­min­ion”, New Life Covenant Church leader, Bishop Tu­dor Bis­marck said Zim­babwe should get ready for ‘‘seven years of Joseph’s bless­ing’’.

This may be trans­lated to mean that Zim­babwe will ex­pe­ri­ence years of plenty. King­dom Pros­per­ity Min­istries (KPM) founder Apos­tle Rod­ney Chipoy­era re­cently proph­e­sied that in the first 100 days of the Sec­ond Repub­lic, there will be more in­vestors com­pared to the past two decades.

He also ex­plained that the church’s role is to pray for the sit­ting Gov­ern­ment, de­spite one’s po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion. Church of Cen­tral African Pres­by­te­rian’s (CCAP) Rev­erend Gib­son Bo­tomani said the church is man­dated to preach peace and jus­tice among na­tions, ac­cord­ing to Proverbs 31:8.

“It has al­ways been the role of the church to nur­ture na­tion build­ing val­ues that will in turn fos­ter eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

“A coun­try needs ac­count­abil­ity but that can only be achieved through an open sys­tem. It takes the church to teach on trans­parency,” said Rev Bo­tomani.

“The church teaches re­spect of the law through obey­ing the Ten Com­mand­ments and it should be un­der­stood that the ju­di­cial sys­tem is founded on the Bi­ble. The church can help in mar­ket­ing the coun­try as a good des­ti­na­tion for in­vest­ment. For ex­am­ple, re­cently the Zim­babwe Coun­cil of Churches met the Catholic Pope and spoke about des­ti­na­tion Zim­babwe, hence they act as the coun­try’s am­bas­sador.”

Supreme Coun­cil of Is­lamic Re­li­gion in Zim­babwe chair, Sheikh Ish­mail Duwa said re­li­gion is im­por­tant in na­tion build­ing.

“Re­li­gion should come first, it should be at the core of the so­ci­ety as they play a key role in mould­ing good cit­i­zens,” he said.

“Re­li­gion also breeds and safe­guards peace, hon­esty and in­tegrity in the na­tion.”

Po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic an­a­lyst, Mr God­win Mureriwa said the church moulds God fear­ing, pa­tri­otic and hard-work­ing peo­ple.

“God’s Ten Com­mand­ments is an im­por­tant pil­lar of State. It cements civil­i­sa­tion and builds God fear­ing and gen­er­ous cit­i­zens. The re­sult is the peace that en­ables pro­duc­tiv­ity, which guar­an­tee in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“This in turn cul­ti­vates so­cio-po­lit­i­cal co­he­sion, while fur­ther sus­tain­ing peace. It is a pro­gres­sive cy­cle,” he said.

He went on: “Peace is the cor­ner­stone of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. All free­doms, hu­man rights, rule of law and good gov­er­nance de­pend on peace.

Mr Mureriwa said when peace is pre­vail­ing, it’s easy for in­vestors to do busi­ness.

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