President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned the death of prominent Zimbabwean pastor and founder of ZAOGA Forward in Faith, Archbishop Ezekiel Guti, who passed away at age 100.
In his condolence message, the president described Archbishop Guti as a humble man of deep spiritual convictions who lived his faith. He said Guti leaves behind an indelible legacy through his life and vast works across Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa noted that he had joined many Zimbabweans just two months ago in celebrating Guti’s 100th birthday, filled with joy at the nation being blessed to have such a great figure who embodied longevity, tenacious faith and compassion.
However, he said the nation was now plunged in grief at Guti’s passing.
The president highlighted Guti’s contributions through the educational institutions and health facilities he built from “so little and slender means, only compensated so by so big a heart, so abundant faith.”
He specifically mentioned the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University and Mbuya Dorcas Hospital founded by Guti and his wife Apostle Eunor Guti, saying they stand out in delivering higher education and health services to the nation.
President Mnangagwa conveyed his deepest condolences to the Guti family and Zimbabwean church, saying the nation indebted to Guti will derive comfort from his legacy of deep faith and indelible works that will impact generations. He prayed for Guti to be granted eternal rest.
“We beseech God the Almighty to grant this great man eternal rest in life beyond,” said President Mnangagwa.
Archbishop Guti, who celebrated his 100th birthday in May, was born in 1923 in Chipinge. He founded the ZAOGA Forward in Faith church movement.