Zimbabwe: Churches are a battleground for politicians seeking to entice voters

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Wednesday, 4 May 2022 14:17

Congregants cheers as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe addresses a national church interface rally in Harare
Congregants cheers as Zimbabwe's then president Robert Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe addresses a national church interface rally in Harare, Zimbabwe, 5 November 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's politicians are canvassing churches because they are important constituencies ahead of the 2023 general elections.

On 16 April, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his wife Auxilia and vice-president Constantino Chiwenga attended an Easter conference at the United Family International Church (UFIC) in Chitungwiza, a town 30km from the capital, Harare.

Emmanuel Makandiwa, who leads the church that has about 60,000 followers, used his sermon to praise Mnangagwa.

The self-styled prophet said even if Mnangagwa “desists from campaigning”, his works will speak for him and people should not criticise his administration.

God and Caesar