Anglicans pray for good government

An estimated 30,000 congregants of the Anglican Church of Central Africa, headed by Archbishop Albert Chama, gathered here for the 2012 Bernard Mizeki commemorations at the weekend.

Anglicans commemorate Bernard Mizeki.
Anglicans commemorate Bernard Mizeki.

Prayer for good national governance featured high on the agenda. “We pray for the country’s leadership led by President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. We pray for a good government that would strive to eradicate poverty and other forms of suffering. We also pray for those who continue to be abused and those who have lost their lives in the course of their religious practice, like Bernard Mizeki,” said preacher after preacher.

Several respected Anglican bishops from the region, including Zimbabwe’s Chad Gandiwa, graced the occasion. Thousands of church members traveled from Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, and Botswana to celebrate. For many years the event has taken place at the Bernard Mizeki shrine 11km from Marondera.

But this year mainstream Anglicans were barred from entering the shrine by the breakaway faction of Archbishop cum Zanu (PF) politician, Nolbert Kunonga.

Kunonga followers gathered at the shrine on June 16. He routinely turns church gatherings into political rallies, urging his dwindling congregation to grab remaining white-owned properties.

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