President Mnangagwa fulfils Johane Marange promise, meets new leader of the church
New Johane Marange leader, High Priest Nimrod Taguta over the weekend received President Mnangagwa and other top Government officials at the church`s Mafararikwa sanctuary, in Marange Manicaland.
President Mnangagwa attended the Johane Marange Passover in Manicaland.
Passover is an annual pilgrimage in which members of the Johane Marange church congregate in one place to fellowship in unison.
President Mnangagwa was accompanied by Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri; Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Nokuthula Matsikenyere; Transport and Infrastructural Development Deputy Minister Mike Madiro; Youth, Sport and Arts Deputy Minister Tino Machakaire and Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Johannes Tomana.
This year’s Passover gathering was special to Johanne Marange Church members as it was presided over by the youthful new leader, High Priest Nimrod Taguta.
Priest Nimrod Taguta took over the reins in May following the death of his father, High Priest Noah Taguta.
President Mnangagwa visited the Taguta family in May to pay his condolences and promised to return for the church’s annual Passover gathering, a promise he fulfilled yesterday.
“I was shocked and saddened by the death of my close friend, St Noah Taguta. When I received news of his death, I could not believe it as we had met the previous month.
He was in the company of his son, the new High Priest. Little did I know that he was introducing me to the new leader of this church,” he said.
“Despite his youthfulness, High Priest Nimrod has shown great leadership qualities as evidenced by successfully organising this year’s annual Passover gathering, which is oversubscribed. I have never addressed such a big crowd and I am at a loss for words,” said President Mnangagwa.
He thanked the church for its role in encouraging peace in the country, and said Government would “never allow detractors to fan and promote violence”.
“The unity of purpose you have displayed here should continue. We want peace and unity to prevail in the country. We should take a leaf from the church and ensure that we work together and develop our country. We will never allow detractors to fan and promote violence,” President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans need to take a leaf from the unity shown by the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church.
The President pledged to continue assisting the church in constructing more schools.
“The late High Priest Noah Taguta was on a crusade of constructing schools and the new leader has also promised to continue with his legacy. As Government, we will continue supporting the church in this endeavor. We will also avail computers to the schools.”