Today, President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads the nation in prayer and fasting as the country seeks divine answers to COVID-19, a pandemic that has turned lives upside down and wrecked economies globally.
The Zimbabwean leader will today host a church service at the State House that will be broadcast live on ZTN, ZBC TV and also streamed live on radio stations and social media platforms.
Faith leaders, drawn from different denominations said in seeking prayer the country is putting all its problems into the hands of the Almighty God who is able to offer answers to questions and a phenomenon that is baffling logic and science.
Roman Catholic Priest Father Fidelis Mukonori said the call for National Day of Prayer and Fasting by President Mnangagwa ought to be complied with by every Zimbabwean regardless of one’s political persuasion.
“It has nothing to do with politics, neither is it a political whip. It is rather a national cry for the people of Zimbabwe so that God can hear us. As church we have always been praying, and we support every decision in furtherance of our sworn objective,” said Father Mukonori.
The Council of Apostolic Churches of Zimbabwe (CACZ), an umbrella body of Apostolic and Zion Christian Churches which is led by its president, Bishop Clement Karikoga Chisango, said in a statement that it was fully behind the call to prayer by President Mnangagwa in order to collectively appeal to the Lord during a time of crisis.
“The Monday June 15 occasion truly brings all Zimbabweans together as it accords them a very rare opportunity to appeal to their creator in order to overcome the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the entire world, seek God’s intervention in reigniting the economy, heal the nation and unite all peoples of Zimbabwe towards a common goal,” said CACZ deputy president Apostle Amos Seremani.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa also urged the nation to heed the President’s call for the nation to observe a day of national prayer and fasting and to join him as he meets with various church leaders.
She said churches should observe the lockdown regulations and maintain social distancing during the time of prayer.
Minister Mutsvangwa said that the country was experiencing difficult times as confirmed cases of Covid-19 continued to rise.
“The country is still exposed to the coronavirus pandemic, as more people continue to return from outside the country,” she added.
In prayer and fasting, the country joins most of the world’s nations, including the United States, Brazil, and fellow SADC member states — Botswana and Tanzania — in observing a specific day of prayer in the wake of the novel virus that has dislocated lives and turned societies upside down.
Presently, Zimbabwe is on level 2 lockdown that has seen most formal businesses opening, and also a relaxation in the number of people that can be carried on a bus.
Almost all cases in Zimbabwe have been caught in quarantine centres for returning residents. The latest figures released yesterday show an extra 27 confirmed infections, but all among returning residents from South Africa, taking the total to 383.
Full recoveries are now numbered at 54.
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