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Wutaunashe says God is happy Mnangagwa won August's 'free, fair election'

by Staff reporter
14 Dec 2023 at 03:57hrs | Views
Andrew Wutaunashe, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Indigenous International Council of Churches (ZIICC), expressed that God is pleased with President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in the August elections. Wutaunashe, the founder and leader of the Family of God (FOG) church, made these remarks during Wednesday's National Day of Prayer at State House in Harare.

Wutaunashe is among several leaders, particularly from apostolic sects, who openly aligned themselves with Zanu-PF before the contested General Elections, which he deemed free and fair in his speech.

During the event, Wutaunashe stated, "The church is thankful that God gave us free, fair, and transparent elections, and we thank God that the work he started through you and the Second Republic can now continue. It has pleased God that you continue leading the nation. We continue to pray for you that you are given health and life and you are guided as you lead the nation."

Zimbabwe's elections faced challenges such as delays in providing voting materials in opposition strongholds, voter intimidation, unfair access to publicly owned media, and the banning of over a hundred Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rallies in the lead-up to the elections.

Election Observer Missions (EOMs), including SADC, the European Union, and The Commonwealth, criticized how the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) managed the poll.

President Mnangagwa, in his speech filled with Bible verses, commended the church and called for an end to targeted restrictions that, according to him, were impeding development. He emphasized the resilience and hard work of the people, private sector, and other stakeholders, and urged both rural and urban communities to enhance production and productivity, citing biblical verses in support.

Source - newzimbabwe