‘Holy Spirit’ Gives Madzibaba Mutumwa Covid Cure

A self-proclaimed prophet who leads the Johane Masowe Chishanhu apostolic sect, Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa, has come up with a concoction which he claims can cure COVID-19. Madzibaba Mutumwa claimed that the Holy Spirit instructed him to make a boiled mixture of mubestrich tree leaves and honey to cure COVID-19 patients. He said: The medicine was an instruction to me by the Holy Spirit so that the people could survive and live long. People should practice COVID-19 precautions that are to sanitise, mask up and practice social distancing at the same…

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AFM Pastor Kidnapped, Threatened With Death By Rival Faction

An Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe pastor and his wife were allegedly kidnapped and held for five hours by a rival faction on 15 August. Odzi assembly Pastor Daniel Veru told NewsDay that he was threatened with death if he failed to surrender church property as the wrangle to control AFM church between Amon Madawo and Cossam Chiangwa escalates. He has since filed a report for kidnapping at Odzi Police Station under RRB4656105. Said Veru: After the Supreme Court ruling, in which we won the right to control the church; we…

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COVID-19: Churches Offered Group Vaccinations

The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has said churches that are willing to have their members vaccinated as groups can approach the Ministry to arrange for vaccinations. Deputy Minister of Health, Dr John Mangwiro offered churches assistance to accelerate vaccination of their members after touring central stores at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Sunday. Dr Mangwiro also noted that the normal vaccination programme against a swathe of childhood infections was still running and mothers should take their children for routine vaccinations. He said: We are continuing to vaccinate…

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Christ Embassy Pastor Arrested Over Unvaccinated Congregants

A Harare-based Christ Embassy Ministries pastor was arrested on Sunday after police found a gathering of 50 unvaccinated members congregating in violation of COVID-19 regulations. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi on Monday said the pastor from Harare’s Glen View high-density residential area was fined $2 000 while some of the church members are still assisting police with investigations. Last week the government said churches could resume in-person services but only for fully vaccinated congregants, who have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Congregants are also required to…

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Anglican Sexual Abuse Victim “Held Hostage By Boyfriend”

Investigations into the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland sex scandal incriminating a senior cleric have stalled as the complainant is reportedly being held hostage by her boyfriend. The church’s education secretary, Reverend Edmond Zambe Samutereko is accused of bedding Maria Mwandirozva of Palmerstone, Mutare, while she was a student on attachment in the diocese’s accounts section. Rev Samutereko and Mwandirozva’d illicit affair was exposed by the latter’s boyfriend, Farari Hokoyo, after he had bumped into some lurid messages in his girlfriend’s cellphone. When contacted for comment by The Manica Post, Anglican Diocese…

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Majority Of Churches Fail To Resume In-person Services

There was a low turnout at the few churches that reopened on Sunday despite the government giving the green light to all churches to resume in-person services, albeit only for fully vaccinated worshippers. A countrywide survey conducted by NewsDay on Sunday showed that most traditional churches like the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Reformed Church in Zimbabwe, among others, did not conduct services. Church leaders said their church members stayed at home since most of them had not been fully vaccinated, while others were still making preparations for full compliance with government regulations.…

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Police To Strictly Enforce ‘No Jab, No Church Service Directive’

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said churches should comply with the Cabinet directive that bars unvaccinated individuals from attending in-person church services. Speaking with The Sunday Mail in an interview, Nyathi said the police will strictly enforce the directive. He said: Churches are implored to strictly comply with the vaccination directive for congregants as stipulated by Cabinet last week. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) will assist health officials to ensure compliance and arrest anyone defying the safety protocols. Police will also take action against those who might try…

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Johanne Marange Church Speaks On Memory Machaya’s Death

Johane Marange Apostolic church has confirmed the death of a married 14-year-old Johanne Marange Apostolic Church girl Memory Machaya. Reports suggest that Memory Machaya, who was from Kwekwe, was forced to drop out of school when she was in form 1 to get married to Evans Momberume. She died during childbirth at the church’s shrine in Marange, but, the location of her grave is in dispute. Her family insists that she was buried at the shrine soon after death, but the church denies the allegations. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner…

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Govt Lifts Ban On Church Gatherings

Cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light to churches to conduct in-person services provided that they meet strict conditions. Speaking during a post-cabinet media briefing on Wednesday evening, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet resolved that only congregants who are fully vaccinated are allowed to gather. Congregates will also be required to adhere to Ministry of Health and Child Care and World Health Organisation (WHO) measures meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mutsvangwa warned that those found violating the regulations will be arrested…

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Government Investigating Death Of 14-Year-Old Pregnant Girl

The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises and other stakeholders are investigating the death of Memory Machaya, a 14-year-old girl who died while giving birth at a shrine in Bocha, Mutare District. Reports suggest that the deceased teenager who was forced to drop out of school when she was in form one, gave birth to a baby boy but bled through the mouth and nose, and immediately died. Calls for government to act have been increasing. The government in association with other relevant stakeholders is investigating the…

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