Loveness Bepete Chronicle Reporter
A BULAWAYO pastor has challenged the Zanu-PF Youth League to involve church leaders in the 21st February Movement commemorations as they have been left out in the previous years.
Reverend Samuel Mabhena of Golden Gate Ministries bemoaned pastors’ exclusion from the country’s politics. He said that their involvement in the commemorations was important as it would help them spearhead government policies and spread President Robert Mugabe’s word all over the country, including in churches.
“The youth are always invited which is a good thing but we’re the custodians of the youth and we’re excluded. In future they should engage pastors in such vital events. We’ve for years been excluded which is somehow unfair,” Rev Mabhena said.
He said pastors were also under-represented as they had no representative in parliament.
“Everyone else is represented in parliament except for pastors. We wish to have our own representatives who will address our grievances as indigenous churches in the country,” he said.
Rev Mabhena emphasised that organisers of such vital events should not only engage the elite but also make efforts to invite those in the rural areas so that they get the chance to meet the President.
“The elderly, poor, disabled and even those from rural areas should get the chance to meet their president and celebrate his day,” he said.
President Mugabe’s 91st birthday commemorations will be held in Victoria Falls on February 28 under the theme “Celebrating the birth of Gushungo, the icon of Zimbabwe’s revolutionary and championship of youth empowerment.”