The committee meetings referred to below, all to be held at Parliament, will be open to the public. This means that members of the public may attend the meetings, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. they may observe and listen but not speak. If attending a meeting, please use the entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Please note that IDs must be produced.
Maphisa in Matobo district in Matabeleland has transformed from its early days as a TILCOR (Tribal Trust Land Development Corporation) growth point linked to the nearby Antelope farm estate. Like Mvurwi and Chatsworth that I profiled in the earlier series on small towns and economic development, Maphisa is booming in the post land reform era.
The history of Zion and apostolic churches in Zimbabwe is littered with traces of rogue prophets and church leaders who very often deliberately misinterpret religion in order to achieve their barbaric and selfishness objectives.
First there was the all too familiar accusation of a coup attempt – familiar because treason charge is Robert Mugabe’s weapon of choice in neutralising his opponents – and then the witch hunts which left several Zanu (PF) provincial chairpersons nudged out by “vote of no confidence”.