DESTINY of Afrika founder and president Reverend Obediah Musindo is using his church as a platform to campaign for the ruling Zanu PF ahead of next year’s parliamentary election. <
Musindo has been sending invitations to pastors, mainly of pentecostal churches, to join a housing scheme being run by his church and the “government of Zimbabwe”.
“It is my great pleasure to extend a special invitation and golden opportunity to all Zimbabwean Christians community, eg pastors, evangelists, bishops, elders, deacons and all Christians in general, to come and join Destiny of Afrika Network co-operative society,” Musindo wrote in his letter.
“The cooperative society is registered, and through it, the government of Zimbabwe in partnership with my network, is embarking (on) a massive housing project that will see five thousand units built in Harare, two thousand units in Mutare and three thousand units in Bulawayo by the end of 2005.”
Musindo said it was the desire of the church that “sons and daughters of the Kingdom of God” must be the first ones to benefit from this project. The letter is silent on issues such as title deeds and the allocation of stands.
Although there were contact details on the letter, a cellphone number and a physical address – White House Building, Sheraton, HICC – it was not possible to contact Musindo. The cellphone was not answered while Musindo was not at the White House Building.
The Zanu PF politburo recently resolved to use churches and the clergy during its election campaign.
“As part of our campaign effort towards the 2005 parliamentary election, the commissariat is identifying and meeting with various interest groups which are helpful in mobilising their following to support the party,” the report said.
“The church in Zimbabwe is one of the sectors that have been identified to be quite helpful in this respect. To date the commissariat has identified and is already networking with over 600 pastors from pentecostal churches and over 200 church leaders from African apostolic sects.”
Last Sunday, Policy Implementation minister Webster Shamu was given the podium at a Destiny of Afrika meeting to campaign for Zanu PF. The church has of late been getting generous coverage on state television.
Musindo has also been officiating at a number of Zanu PF functions.