On a wing and a prayer: Mnangagwa turns to God as crises mount

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Faced with a health crisis and an imploding economy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday declared June 15 as the presidential national day of prayer in the hope that this could help stem the rising COVID-19 cases.


“As your President, during this difficult season in which our nation and indeed the world face the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am humbled to invite you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to take time in prayer and fasting as a nation before the Almighty God, to seek his mercy, wisdom, help and healing to overcome this deadly pandemic,” he said.

Mnangagwa was expected to provide an update of what steps Zimbabwe will take following his announcement of an indefinite lockdown.

The President had said he would provide fortnightly updates, but almost four weeks later, there has been no such update, instead Zimbabweans would have to be content with seeking divine intervention.

Mnangagwa said there will be a church service broadcast live between 10am to 12pm and people were free to engage in small groups as families and churches in prayer.

“In doing so, we however, diligently continue to observe every precaution necessary to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” he said before opening scriptures in the book of Second Chronicles.

Mnangagwa joins a motley crew of leaders who have turned to the heavens.

One such leader is his Tanzanian counterpart, President John Magufuli who seems impervious to science and is strongly advocating for his citizens to throng churches and mosques.

Former Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said he will not take part in Mnangagwa’s prayer session, accusing him and his party of causing untold suffering to millions of Zimbabweans.

Zanu PF, Manyenyeni said, must reform first before seeking divine intervention.

“As a citizen, I will not participate in the National Day of Prayer which the President has called for,” Manyenyeni said.


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  1. Your approach to fighting covid 19 destroys the immune system. The mask inhibits oxygen flow. The $500 fines in this economic meltdown is evil. 20 years in jail for saying covid 19 lies? If you have the truth you can’t worry about lies. For truth is forever on the scaffold swaying the future. To lockdown the people has brought .ore suffering than covid 19. Allow people to hustle for our livelihood. Remove police and military brutality. The pandemic needs medical personal. That will be praying Mr President. Am personally tired of living like am forced to live. We are social beings and in times of crisis we come together. You can’t do everything destructive of the immune system and then pray.

  2. His Excellency the President is doing the right thing in pointing Zimbabweans to God the almighty to seek God’s intervention in this difficult time. Mr Manyenyeni unfortunately has exalted himself to take God’s position in judgement. The dear brother has to be reminded of the scriptures that say humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up. furthermore pride comes before a fall. May the humble take hid and lets pray for our nation for God to spare us through His everlasting mercies for we are all sinners saved through God’s Grace.

  3. No to corruption, abductions, nepotism, hate speech, capturing state institutions, looting command agriculture funds, looting youths project funds, using state machinery to take over opposition properties without court orders, pretending to be nice, being unrepentant, being politically intolerant, always hiding behind sanctions , not loving one another as Zimbabweans.

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