Mayor hosts religious and political leaders

Captured after the religious devotion at Musina showground are from left to right: Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Davis Marapira, Bishop Nehemia Mutendi, Musina Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and the Minster of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.Captured after the religious devotion at Musina showground are from left to right: Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Davis Marapira, Bishop Nehemia Mutendi, Musina Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and the Minster of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

The Mayor of Musina, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope hosted the Bishop of one of the biggest churches in Zimbabwe Dr Nehemiah Mutendi, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Agriculture Davis Marapira and thousands of worshippers at Musina Showground. 

 

A former school teacher, Bishop Nehemia Mutendi is a highly respected religious figure who is the leader of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) in Zimbabwe (His Zimbabwean ZCC is independent from the South African ZCC based in Moria, outside Polokwane). He was appointed leader of the church after the death of his father and founder, Samuel Mutendi in 1976. Bishop Nehemia Mutendi was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Zimbabwe in 2012 for leading the faith-based organisation into a development and spirituality brand it is today.

Dubbed the celebration of one year in Canaan, the special day was also meant to celebrate Bishop Nehemia Mutendi’s 78th birthday and the church’s achievements under his distinctive leadership for the past 40 years.  

When addressing congregants, Bishop Mutendi said he was overwhelmed by the warm reception from the leadership of the South African government and Musina Municipality. He said he was also happy that his church is growing rapidly in South Africa. He added that it is God who holds the key of everyone’s success in life. “We can all be successful, provided we pray unceasingly and ask God to help us. Prayer is the only thing that connects us with God and we should always use it to link up with him.”

Minister Motsoaledi said he decided to honour the invitation because the organization that he represents (the ANC) was formed in church. “We should always keep in mind that the church has played a major role in our liberation struggle. Every government comes from God, including ours. That is why when we have challenges as both the ANC and government, we come to church and ask for prayers. Please, pray for our country and the ANC so that we can continue to deliver the much needed services and a better life for all.”

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope said she was honoured to host thousands of worshippers. “Indeed the Lord has heard our prayers. Who ever thought a small town like Musina could host a big event of this magnitude? It is long that we have been waiting for this day but we may indeed attest that the grace of God comes to those who wait patiently. Interestingly, we are also paying tribute to the founder of our church, the late Bishop Samuel Mutendi who died in 1976 at the age of 86. Indeed, this church is the best! It is here that people receive spiritual association with our Lord Jesus Christ.”

She thanked Bishop Nehemia Mutendi, all politicians and thousands of worshippers for gracing the occasion.  

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