Posted by: Titus Presler | June 25, 2010

Police turn pilgrims away from Bernard Mizeki Festival

In a shocking turn of events, police in Zimbabwe are turning pilgrims away from the site of the annual festival honoring the life and witness of Bernard Mizeki, the Anglican catechist who was martyred in 1896.  As you take in today’s news below from Bp. Chad Gandiya of the Diocese of Harare, it is good to be aware that this festival is the largest annual gathering of Anglicans anywhere in the world, often drawing up to 30,000 pilgrims, who come mostly from Zimbabwe but also from neighboring countries.  They camp outdoors in the winter cold for several days of devotion at the Mizeki Shrine near Marondera.

From Bishop Gandiya:

Warm greetings to you all from the Diocese of Harare.

Just as people from all over the country and beyond start converging at the Bernard Mizeki Shrine just outside Marondera, the Zimbabwe Republic Police have turned up in full force and are driving the pilgrims away. The police are taking this action inspite of the assurances we were given by government that we would not be disturbed or harassed by anyone. One of the ministers of Home Affairs was on television yesterday assuring people that they would not be disturbed and that they would be protected, but all this is far from the reality on the ground in Marondera. I also was given the rare opportunity to encourage pilgrims on television to come to the Shrine and that they would be protected, but the assurances have not been honoured. Please pray for us and all the pilgrims who are equally shocked by this unacceptable behaviour by the police.

Thank you.
+Chad.

The Rt. Rev’d Dr. Chad N. Gandiya
Diocese of Harare CPCA


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Responses

  1. But how do the police know from which faction someone is coming from? How do they choose who to turn away? Pray tell.

  2. Though we love Kunonga as Christians, we hate, abhor and condemn in the strongest terms his actions. Let Kunonga know that he is NOT fighting +Chad, but he is fighting God – and no guess as to who will be the winner in the end.

  3. I was actually praying for the success of this year’s Bernard Mizeki festival in Marondera, Zimbabwe. That the Police have been turning away people from attending this religious gathering makes a mockery even of the Constitutional rights guaranteed for all Zimbabweans. There seems to be more to it than meets the eye. Anglicanism in Zimbabwe seems to have been mischievously turned into a political movement by the uncaring. We are talking about this sad development in a democratic country that has celebrated thirty years of independence and above all, religious freedom. I am sure those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the liberation of Zimbabwe are turning in their graves at such insensitive actions. They liberated us so that we could be free in the true sense. It looks like we still must go another long way to realise what our independence is all about. Woe to those self-proclaimed Anglicans who delight in bringing Satan into the Church. Let us continue to pray for common sense to prevail. Above all, let us pray for those who continue to worship the devil while masquerading as Christian. Before God they should really be ashamed of falsely telling the world that they stand for a good cause while their real motive is to enrich and empower themselves. The only option for them is to align themselves with politicians and hence to manipulate the process. Long live the genuine Anglicans in Zimbabwe! Perhaps we must now appeal to religious slogans so as to shame Satan and his followers who have infiltrated the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe.

  4. […] Police turn pilgrims away from Bernard Mizeki Festival | Titus on Mission: In a shocking turn of events, police in Zimbabwe are turning pilgrims away from the site of the annual festival honoring the life and witness of Bernard Mizeki, the Anglican catechist who was martyred in 1896. As you take in today’s news below from Bp. Chad Gandiya of the Diocese of Harare, it is good to be aware that this festival is the largest annual gathering of Anglicans anywhere in the world, often drawing up to 30,000 pilgrims, who come mostly from Zimbabwe but also from neighboring countries. They camp outdoors in the winter cold for several days of devotion at the Mizeki Shrine near Marondera. […]


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