Churches must be the vanguard of peace and tranquillity and should never be used to incite public violence, the ruling Zanu-PF’s political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere has said.
Addressing thousands of delegates gathered in Mt Darwin for the Salvation Army’s 125 years of existence flag celebrations recently, Kasukuwere, who is also Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, warned churches against being used by agents of regime change seeking to cause political turmoil in the country.
“The moment churches go into the political terrain, you will find us ready for that. The Bible does not speak about inciting violence, murder or blood. A holy place should remain a holy place, and if there are challenges which our people are facing, let us sit down and resolve them.
“Individuals should not hide behind churches when they want to burn the country. We have churches mushrooming everywhere, yet they are doing nothing for the country.
“They are looking for donors’ money, yet that money is not benefiting the community.
“Churches must never be in conflict with the people, but must unite the nation,” he said.
Kasukuwere applauded the Salvation Army for assisting Government in developing the country by building schools, seven vocational training centres and 51 pre-schools, which he said signified its support to the ruling party.
The church also owns highly ranked academic institutions that include Bradley High, Howard High, and Usher High Schools, and Howard Mission Hospital.
Kasukuwere lauded the Salvation Army and equated it to Zanu-PF, for having remained solid for 125 years.
His sentiments come after futile attempts by regime change malcontents masquerading as pastors to bring the country to a standstill.
He criticised the country’s detractors who destroyed property worth thousands of dollars in Beitbridge in protest over Statutory Instrument 64 yet the move is meant to boost the economy.
He said patriotic Zimbabweans should support the local industry.
“Woona twusikana twechirungu twopfeka flag yeZimbabwe! Kuita madress flag yedu manje! Kwaakutamba muzeerere nenyika uku! Kwakuda kutidheerera. (You see some protesting white women donning our national flag as dresses. They are undermining our authority, and we will not tolerate that.”)-Herald