OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe
Many Pentecostal christians in Zimbabwe and the African continent portray the Coronavirus as a spiritual force of evil rather than as a biomedical disease, midlandsnews can reveal.
Through this lens, the country and Africa at large is presented as a battleground between God and the agents of Satan. For those who enlist to fight for Jesus the most effective weapon is prayer.
However, in Kwekwe the home town of Zimbabwe’ leader President, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, holy spiritual faith leaders led by Apostle Joy Museba have called for Kwekwe and the country to take both the prayer and vaccination route as way of defeating the ravaging Covid 19.
The Kwekwe based Church leaders under the banner Kwekwe Unite Prayer Movement have embarked on a three day marathon prayer fasting that began on July 7 and is expected to end Friday, July 9.
“As Church leaders we have come together to lead the body of Christ to fight against COVID 19 pandemic. We are planning a three day program for prayer and fasting this week .
“The agenda is to stop this deadly disease from ravaging our city Kwekwe. We have lost many people this past two weeks, only God can stop this and heal our land . We need to seek his face in humility”, said Apostle Joy.
He added that on board leading the Heal Our Land prayer and fasting three day program is a list of many who include Apostle Joy Museba, Bishop Mafuruse, Prophet Tafadzwa Muzira, Prophet Maphosa, Apostle Mahovo, Overseer Ganyawu, Apostle Hungwe , Evangelist Mazviita, Prophet Bro Humphrey Israel and many other servants of God.
Kwekwe was the first town in Zimbabwe to be placed under a Special Localised Lockdown some time in May following a surge in numbers of Covid 19 infected people.
The much dreaded Covid 19 Indian variant was also first detected in Kwekwe putting the rich mining town under the microscope.
Several people including prominent figures have passed on in the last four weeks due to Covid 19 and new positive cases are on the increase, this according to official Covid 19 data.
The Kwekwe District Covid 19 taskforce met early this week and resolved to tighten the lockdown restrictions.
The taskforce resolved to
strictly monitor the implementation of the 40% staff attendance at all public institutions, in companies around Kwekwe and major retail shops as a way of decongesting the workplace.
An awareness campaign to Kwekwe District rural areas is on the cards. The mass awarness campaign is targeted at chiefs and headmen as the taskforce seeks to reach the remote parts of Kwekwe.
City of Kwekwe and Redcliff Municipal police have since been roped in to assist ZRP in enforcing regulations at markets, tuskshops and bottle stores who have turned out to be going against the Covid 19 fight regulations.
However, the taskforce’ move to tighten the free movement of people in and around hotspots such as the markets, CBD and the major shopping centres, may be rendered useless as Police roadblocks have proved to be of no use as many are passing through without a check.
The Kwekwe Hospital flyover and Amaveni-Gokwe turn off road blocks have proved to be the most porous blocks as the over loaded mushika-shika taxis and kombis are still passing through without being stopped.