By Abigirl Tembo
CHURCH leaders have commended government for its successful COVID-19 response strategy, which has seen churches gathering for Easter after two years of online services and small gatherings.
From Good Friday to Easter Monday, Christians from various denominations converged at their respective places of worship for the first time in two years to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified.
Church leaders are well aware that this could not have been possible were it not for the water tight Covid-19 response strategy implemented by the government.
“I would like to thank the government for the timely interventions you instituted in the fight against covid-19 otherwise many of us would not have survived and we would not be here today,” said Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church.
“The celebrations were good especially in light of the prevailing circumstances of covid-19 you know people were sceptical they did not want to come to church because they were afraid of the virus,” said Reverend Ephraim Mpakula of the Anglican.
“We experienced quiet a good turn-out in our gatherings as you know for the past two years people were not gathering we were conducting our services online but now we have come together gathering again and people were really excited. The interventions by government worked really well because as you are aware the cases were going up and these measures were really effective and we would really like to thank the government,” echoed Reverend Stanislaus Jera of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe.
Over the past two years, government has put in place various measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 from lockdowns, curfews and limiting public gatherings.
Although the measures came with a lot of sacrifice for the Christian community, the church is grateful it paid off with congregants gathering again to praise the Lord under one roof.
By Abigirl Tembo