Some members and congregants of a white garment apostolic church in Zimbabwe.

Apostolic sects vow to rally their followers to vote for Zanu PF

“The meeting explored modalities for collaboration between the church and Zanu PF, especially in the area of  economic empowerment, agriculture, mining, touring etc … They applied for affiliate status with Zanu PF and I briefed them on the requirements,” Chinamasa revealed.

LEADERS of the apostolic sects in Zimbabwe, the most followed religious groupings in southern Africa, have applied for official affiliate status with the ruling Zanu PF party.

A local independent daily, NewsDay, reports that and in return, the leadership of the apostolic congregation, Johane Masowe WechiShanu WeAfrica, would rally their followers to vote for the ruling party in the coming by-elections as well as the 2023 general elections.

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The publication reports that while Zanu PF acting commissar Patrick Chinamasa has welcomed the move, he has, however, listed resolute opposition to homosexuality and same sex marriages as one of the main requirements for collaboration as Zanu PF was unwilling to have its ideology “polluted”.

According to NewsDay, Chinamasa held with the church’s leader, Bishop Andby Makururu on September 2.

Makururu was accompanied by 37 members drawn from the district and provincial leadership ranks, including members of the 250-large “prophetic council”.

“The meeting explored modalities for collaboration between the church and Zanu PF, especially in the area of  economic empowerment, agriculture, mining, touring etc … They applied for affiliate status with Zanu PF and I briefed them on the requirements,” Chinamasa revealed in a series of tweets.

According to Chinamasa, some of the demands include sharing Zanu PF values, preservation and defence of the national interest, national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zimbabwe, resolutely opposing tribalism, regionalism, nepotism, corruption, racism, religious fanaticism, among others,

The church promised to fulfil Zanu PF’s requirements.

Zanu PF acting spokesperson Mike Bimha and Tafadzwa Mugwadi, the party’s information director, refused to comment.

Zanu PF has always drawn support from the apostolic sects, especially during elections.

In February 2019, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga said President Emmerson Mnangagwa was God-ordained while addressing mourners at the burial of United Apostolic Church Independent Church of God Archbishop Chiutsi Zihowa Motsi in Mt Darwin.

In a research titled White Garment Churches (Vapositori) and Zanu PF Party Politics in Zimbabwe: True Marriage or Marriage of Convenience During and Post-Mugabe era, researcher Phillip Musoni argues that Zanu PF had a marriage of political expediency with the church.

Zimbabwe criminalises same-sex relations, but the Constitution guarantees rights such as equality and non-discrimination.

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