Anglicans “encouraged by Mugabe’s gesture.”

The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA)’s Harare Diocese has welcomed President Robert Mugabe’s indication that he will be part of the church’s social responsibility initiative to clean-up Harare at the end of the month.

The Church’s head in Harare, Bishop Chad Gandiya told The Zimbabwean that Anglicans have an obligation to help return the country’s capital to its former glory.

“I am pleasantly encouraged and really happy that the President has seen it important enough to join us on this important do on the 26th of this month. We are happy the government and parliament are interested to join hands with us to do good for our country,” said Gandiya.

Mugabe’s gesture could be a tacit admission by the veteran Zimbabwean strongman that his undeclared support for former renegade Bishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa the disgraced Nolbert Kunonga was misplaced.

Kunonga with support from Zanu PF activists as well as the police fronted a reign of terror within the CPCA for close to five years before a Supreme Court ruling last year brought him to his knees.

A beaming Gandiya now in full control of the Harare Diocese today said he has embarked on restoring the integrity of the church and now wants it to take its rightful place in society.

“As Anglicans worldwide we have a mission to safeguard the integrity of creation, sustain and renew the life of the earth and what we will be doing at the end of the month is in line with that mission,” Gandiya said.

He said Zimbabweans should learn to dispose of litter intelligibly and the CPCA wants people to learn to separate litter according to how it decomposes.

“This clean-up campaign is being spearheaded by our young people in the Diocese of Harare with support from the business community, they have done all the work including invitations and as the Bishop I, Priests in the Diocese as well as members of our clergy and laity will support our young people to raise awareness of our environment that we should keep it clean.

“We have encouraged them to be there. We have no other home than this earth in as far as our life on earth is concerned and we are stewards of what God has given us. Let us bin it, let us all put litter in the bin. This city used to be called the Sunshine City, we can do it again, let us bring it back,” the CPCA head said.

Besides issues of litter, Harare is struggling with water shortages as well as unending streams of raw sewerage that has made the streets of the capital a sorry sight.

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