The Johane Marange Apostolic Church, one of the largest indigenous churches in Zimbabwe, has endorsed President Mnangagwa’s candidacy for the upcoming elections, stating that a victory for the ruling Zanu PF party is guaranteed.
The endorsement was made at the annual Passover gathering at the Mafararikwa Shrine, attended by over 200,000 pilgrims. President Mnangagwa also attended the gathering and earned the support of the church by sitting among the people and participating in the proceedings.
In return, the President promised to support the church’s projects, particularly in the education sector, and assured them of freedom of worship. Church members spoke glowingly of President Mnangagwa’s humility and leadership qualities, with some declaring that he was chosen by God.
The church’s support for Zanu PF was prophesied by their founding father, Baba Johane Marange, in 1957, according to senior church member Daniel Chiambira. The President urged church members in the Mutare West constituency to vote for Zanu PF candidate Cde Nyasha Marange.
The Johane Marange Apostolic Church’s endorsement of President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF is seen as a significant boost to the ruling party’s election campaign. The church has a large following in Zimbabwe, and its endorsement is expected to influence the voting preferences of its members.