TODAY many Christians around the country are celebrating the opening of churches after nearly 80 days, following the introduction of the Covid-19 induced lockdown measures introduced by the government aimed at controlling the spread of the pandemic.
These have been painstaking days when church leaders were forced to resort to livestreaming of their church services to their members in order to adhere to the strict social distancing measures recommended by the WHO and enforced by our government.
At the time of publication the country had witnessed 356 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and four deaths while the global figures stood at 7 888 958 million confirmed cases and 432 973 deaths.
Our neighbours South Africa had recorded 65 736 confirmed cases and 1 423 deaths.
While credit for the relatively low numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in Zimbabwe will go to the preventative measures put in place, many also attribute this to the grace of God given the country’s inability to implement fully all the preventative measures needed to eradicate the coronavirus scourge that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the globe.
However, there has been a spike in the number of confirmed cases in the past two weeks, with the statistics pointing to the influx of returnees from neighbouring countries particularly South Africa.
This is the time for Zimbabweans to unite to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
As an apolitical community news publication whose values are grounded in the Christian faith, we welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for a national day of prayer and fasting tomorrow.
We will join the nation in a prayer that our political leaders shall live according to the word of God and fight the vices that breed corruption and dictatorship that lead to the suppression of people’s rights by promoting bad governance.
We will pray that all the political parties come to the table and unite to build together a prosperous Zimbabwe that is free from all this unhappiness that has bred hate speech and other societal ills in our communities.
We will pray that all Zimbabweans embrace a peaceful solution to end the challenges bedeviling this nation and use the love as basis of conflict resolution.
In the name of Jesus Christ, God the Almighty will in no time restore this great nation to be the Jewel of Africa it once was.