President Mnangagwa yesterday accorded Johane Marange Apostolic Church leader, High Priest Noah Taguta Momberume a State-assisted funeral.
The President said Mutumwa Taguta transformed the sect from its age-old traditions to modernise it to uphold secular and modern education and medical practices, including recognising girl-child rights.
High Priest Taguta died over the weekend after a long illness and is expected to be buried at the shrine today.
Mutumwa Taguta was 82.
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Nokuthula Matsikenyere is expected to represent the Government.
In his condolence message, President Mnangagwa said he received with deep grief and sorrow the death of High Priest Taguta.
“A devout Christian and staunch messenger of God, the late Mutumwa Noah was a truly begotten spiritual child of the Church founded by late Johane Marange, which he transformed into a strong, sub-regional movement of God’s faithfuls covering Southern, East and Central Africa,” he said.
“Such a massive movement of believers drawn from diverse nationalities and cultures required inspired leadership which only he alone could provide. We greatly admired his commitment to the Word and his exceptional leadership, through which our country Zimbabwe is now a well-known spiritual epicentre on the African continent.
“I have very vivid memories of my visits to his headquarters in Mafararikwa in rural Marange which he transformed into a continental shrine and home to God’s faithfuls.”
President Mnangagwa said High Priest Taguta did a lot for his brethren and country.
“Against age-old practices and set traditions, he challenged archaic outlooks to modernise the Church until it embraced secular education, modern medical practices and a better, enlightened life for the girl-child in the Church,” he said.
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