Commotion as helicopter lands at Masowe shrine in Chitungwiza

Members of the Johane Masowe yeChishanu mill around a helicopter brought by their leader Madzibaba Owen Velvet to a shrine in Chitungwiza Sunday.

As the mid-morning sun rose steadily over Makoni Shopping Centre in Chitungwiza, worshippers at Velvet Apostolic Shrine and residents of the surrounding area were attracted to a rare spectacle.

First it was the loud decibels, then the accompanying wind, the sight of the a helicopter lowering to land and the resultant wafting dust as it ground to a rattling halt.

The leaders of Velvet Shrine Madzibaba Owen Velvet landed at the holy place in a helicopter. Who said apostles are cheap?

Several people and motorists were left speechless when the Madzibaba Owen, who is also the Harare provincial chairperson for VaPositori 4ED, alighted from the chopper.

Several people rushed to the shrine to catch a glimpse of the helicopter. It was indeed a rare spectacle.

The shrine, known for its grandeur and glamour of latest vehicles every Sunday, yesterday upped the ante with a helicopter that dwarfed even the latest top-of-the-range vehicles from Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) to sedans of all colours, shapes and make.

Traffic along the Seke-Dema Road crawled to a halt, as motorists tried to get a glimpse of the bird.

In an interview, Madzibaba Owen jokingly said, “I am the first apostolic sect prophet to come to the shrine using a helicopter.

“We are here to pray and we support the ruling party also and our President. We anticipate that by next year we will have more followers who are going to come here,” he said.

He said by coming to the shrine in a helicopter he wanted to show the people that members of the apostolic sector where also rich as they have been looked down upon.

“People look down upon us as people who have nothing, but I would like to tell the nation that we are also blessed and as you can see I came here using this helicopter,” said Madzibaba Owen.

The national chairperson for VaPositori 4ED, Madzibaba Mhoze also said as the apostolic sect was rallying behind President Mnangagwa and had mobilised a lot of people for the coming 2023 elections.

“We have a lot of mobilisation in provinces. We are also doing a lot of projects countrywide and we are kindly asking the government to also assist some of our members in provinces on any projects that they are conducting,” he said.

He said they were in the process of mobilising mining equipment so that their members would be assisted when they venture into mining.

On women, Madzibaba Mhoze said they are a lot of income generating projects that they were also initiating for them.

National spokesperson Madzibaba Obey Mapuranga said as members of the apostolic sect were empowering their members.

“We are bringing in economic empowerment to our people just like what the President has been saying kuti Nyika Inovakwa Nevene vayo, that is what we are doing with our members.

“We have economic projects that we are doing and empowering our people. And I think by 2030, the country will be an upper middle class economy,” he said.

When the story is finally told, yesterday’s rare spectacle, will forever change the narrative of the sect.

— Herald

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