Time for Zim to rise and shine – ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe must now rise and shine in the areas of infrastructure and socio-economic development.

He was addressing congregants at Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church Passover Conference in Chitungwiza.

He said the ongoing infrastructure development and the modernisation of roads, ports of entry as well as the increased capacity utilisation, along with the dominance of the ‘Made in Zimbabwe’ products in shops, vibrant business enterprises, innovative and entrepreneurial young people as well as the peace, tranquillity the nation is enjoying is an ample testimony that with God, nothing is impossible.

“I exhort the church to leverage on its networks and membership, both locally and abroad, to take up investment opportunities across the various sectors of the economy. On our part as Government, we will continue to facilitate investments and improve the doing business environment,” said President Mnangagwa.

He also thanked the church for heeding the call to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Following my Government’s decision. Church conferences were permitted after almost two years of restricted gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us use this opportunity to thank Almighty God for preserving and protecting us as a nation. Though we walked in the midst of trouble, He continues to revive us. He stretches forth his hand against the wrath of our enemies and all forms of adversities. His right hand has surely saved us (Psalms 138 verse 7). I commend the Church for the prayers and mobilising our people to participate in the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. To date our infection and mortality rates have been minimal.”

The President said in honour of the nation’s forebears who fought for the freedom, independence, democracy and sovereignty enjoyed today, his Government will continue to guarantee the founding values and principles encapsulated in the national Constitution, which include the freedom of religion.

“This freedom must ensure that there is a progressive and resilient bond between the Church and the State towards building a united and prosperous nation, anchored on the the far of the Lord, love, unity and Godly patriotism. Under the Second Republic we must prosper and thrive even as our soul prospers. For it is good and pleasant when we live together in unity, and results in the Lord bestowing His blessing (Psalms 133 verse 123). Let us equally never tire in our quest to build the Zimbabwe we all want even as the fourth beatitude in Mathew 5 verse 6 highlights that, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness … shall be filled. In due season, we shall surely reap. “

He urged the church to do more to build a righteous people.

“I, therefore, call upon the church and other social institutions to scale up efforts towards inculcating moral uprightness, integrity, respect and love among our people, especially the youth. The church must continue to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Parents are urged to provide the requisite moral, social, ethical, and spiritual guidance to our children. We must train up our children in the way that they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.”

Earlier, President Mnangagwa called for a minute of silence in remembrance of the Zion Christian Church and the families of the church members who lost their lives in an accident near Jopa in Chimanimani on Thursday.

Speaking at the same event, Vice President General (Retd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga said the church and State must continue working together to foster peace.

“The government is aware of the role of the church, that is why we are here and we urge the church to continue preaching the gospel of hope, peace and love. As the church, you bring people together. In this church, I know we all belong to different political parties, but you all belong to the same church so we say the government and the church should continue working together,” he said.

UFI leader, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa also said, “I don’t know about you, but I like development. Personally I like what I am seeing. I see hope where we are going. And as a church, we are going to give you our maximum support. We are your children, your sons and your daughters.

He also applauded government for its developmental projects, from the Beitbridge boarder post, the roads as well as the measures it took in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.