Mother General Mabhiza honoured in song

Mother General Mabhiza honoured in song

A GROUP of gospel artistes have teamed up to compile songs in honour of the late Saint John Apostolic Church of the Whole World’s Mother General Mabhiza.

Mother General is famed for her role as a marriage counsellor and an advocate against gender-based based violence within the church and community.

Gospel artistes, including Solomon Kaporoma, Pastor Joseph Tivafire, Mai Dhuterere, Booster, Pastor Wenyasha Vhengere and LG Wenyasha dedicated songs in memory of Mother General.

Speaking during the memorial service and tombstone unveiling ceremony of the late church leader in Harare last Saturday, Arch-Bishop Tichaona Maume described the late Mother Mabhiza as a champion for social justice.

“The late Mother General was a marriage counsellor par excellence and her fight against gender-based violence was second to none,” he said.

“She participated in high-level platforms for social justice among societies through engagement in churches on the basics of sustainable marriages.

“She is the Saint John Apostolic Church of the Whole World’s true Heroine whose contributions to the development of ubuntu, tolerance and co-existence brought transformation in Africa.

Kaporoma, one of the gospel artistes, said the late Mother General deserves such an honour.

“We are still united as gospel artists in St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World because of the teaching of our late mother who taught us the essence of inclusivity as the best mechanism to success,” Kaporoma said.

Pastor Tivafire chipped in, describing the late Mother General as a “unifier” who will be missed in most relationships.

“We are celebrating her life because through her teachings, several marriages among societies are intact because of the unifying nature and contextual messages she shared with women,” he said.

“We thought it is important for us as gospel artists to appreciate and recognise her contributions to societal transformation through establishment of strong marriage relationships.”

 Born Sharon Chavava, the late Mother General died on January 12, 2021 in Harare.

She was married to Bishop Sydney Mabhiza, leader of St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World, who is also the president of the Federation of Indigenous Churches in Zimbabwe.

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