Information, Publicity and Broadcast Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, will be the guest of honour at the Johane Masowe eChishanu Apostolic Sect Easter celebrations in Bulawayo’s Selborne Park suburb on Sunday.
In an interview with the Chronicle, the leader of the sect, Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa, said they chose Mutsvangwa because she is a role model to women. Said Mutumwa:
We chose Minister Mutsvangwa because she is one of the women who have made it in life, politics and business in Zimbabwe. She is a role model to many a woman out there.
That is why we are gathering to pray for challenges faced by women and mothers in all aspects of life.
Mothers are the cornerstone that has helped build our communities and this beautiful country of ours.
They are the keys that every nation needs, without them the world would not exist. We applaud women for their work.
Mutumwa said his sect does not condone child marriages or any form of gender-based violence. He said:
In my ministry, we frown upon child abuse in the form of child marriages. We have a committee in the church that was set up specifically to deal with child marriage perpetrators.
Child marriages are not tolerated in this church, instead, we want to build a girl child with a future to look forward to.
We encourage the girl child to concentrate on their education and establish a good career path so that they have a brighter future and be prayerful mothers of tomorrow.
We also encourage men to let their wives and daughters flourish. Gender equality cannot be achieved if men don’t support the efforts.
We also condemn gender violence, no one woman must be assaulted for whatever reason.