The Zanu PF leadership in Masvingo has praised Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Mutendi and its leader Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi for initiating projects aimed at engendering socio-economic transformation among ordinary Zimbabweans.
This comes in the wake of the launch by President Mnangagwa of the Pfumvudza Presidential Input Scheme and the Mbungo Agriculture Scheme at ZCC Mbungo estates in Masvingo North last Thursday.
The scheme entails production and value addition of wheat, including marketing of the cereal for the benefit of local communities.
The ZCC scheme, which is climate change proofed, saw the establishment of a vibrant irrigation facility at Mbungo to grow wheat and other staple crops to assist communities in drought prone Masvingo North.
ZCC Mutendi is also undertaking a brick moulding project that will help victims of Cyclone Idai in eastern-most parts of Masvingo and Manicaland province, which were the worst affected.
Thousands of families were left homeless, while others lost livestock and property worth millions of dollars to the cyclone, which hit the country during the first quarter of last year.
The gesture by ZCC Mutendi to mould bricks for the Idai-stricken communities comes as the church has been spearheading provision of material resources to help cushion rural communities from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zanu PF Secretary for Security, Cde Lovemore Matuke, hailed ZCC Mutendi, saying the church’s footprints were visible on the province’s social economic landscape.
Speaking during a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee meeting over the weekend, Cde Matuke said the church and its leader deserved plaudits for successfully hosting the country’s presidium led by President Mnangagwa for the launch of the Pfumvudza Scheme.
“I think the ZCC Mutendi church led by its leader Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi deserves special praise for hosting a high level event attended by the President and his deputies where projects with a bearing towards socio-economic transformation of ordinary people here were launched,” said Cde Matuke.
“Allow me to applaud the ZCC Mutendi Church for projects that will not only ensure food security of local communities and help families affected by Cyclone Idai, but all these projects being pursued by the church will aid the national drive to steer Zimbabwe towards Vision 2030 as advanced by President Mnangagwa.”
Cde Matuke commended ZCC for remaining in the thick of things in the drive to change lives of rural communities.
ZCC Mutendi Church’s shadow looms large in other areas such as education where the church continues to build more schools and training institutions to make sure Zimbabweans are equipped with the requisite knowledge to drive the country’s industrialisation agenda.
Speaking at Mbungo last Thursday, President Mnangagwa showered praise on the ZCC Mutendi Church for its agricultural projects, which will help the country in cutting its food import bill and ensuring food security.
The President noted that there was scope to expand irrigation development in Masvingo North using abundant water in Lake Mutirikwi.
Lake Mutirikwi was Zimbabwe’s largest inland water body before completion of Tugwi-Mukosi Dam in Chivi.