Harvest House International Church in Bulawayo reportedly advertised Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu as their guest speaker for the One Weekend Africa Celebration Conference at the weekend, without inviting him.
The church distributed flyers for the conference where it indicated that Mpofu would give a keynote address on the socio-economic development in Africa on Saturday as part of the three-day conference.
Mpofu did not turn up to present the keynote address and organiser of the conference, Pastor Zwelithini Moyo told the gathering that the minister could not attend as he was committed at other government programmes.
But a stunned Mpofu yesterday told NewsDay he was not aware of the conference and did not know that he was supposed to make a presentation.
They did not invite me, I do not know anything about the function, Mpofu said.
Yesterday, Moyo backtracked saying the conference was, not all about Mpofu, but all about Africa Day celebrations.
Did you come for the programme, Moyo asked this reporter and was told the news crew arrived at 2pm, the scheduled time Mpofu was meant to address congregants.
Then you came for Mpofu and not for our programme.
Moyo told NewsDay before the conference that they had initially invited Vice-President Joice Mujuru to present the keynote address but Mujuru could not come but they had agreed that they would send one cabinet minister so we recommended Obert Mpofu as he is visible in the development of this region by evidence of his works in Umguza constituency.
Harvest House international has an estimated
10 000 worshippers in Bulawayo.