BULAWAYO cleric Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa’s mission to build a multi-purpose centre, which will house an orphanage, old people’s home, a community centre and a nursery school in the city received a huge boost when Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Raj Modi pledged to assist in the construction of the facility.
Speaking during a donation of 50 000 face masks to members of the Johane Masowe weChishanu Apostolic sect in Bulawayo as part of the fight against Covid-19, Deputy Minister Modi who is also Bulawayo South MP pledged to assist with river sand, pit sand and a 22 000-litre water bowser.
The church intends to set up an orphanage at its designated site in Selbourne Park.
Deputy Minister Modi said the pledge was in line with President Mnagagwa’s vision of ensuring an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
“I am impressed with the church’s a vision to build a community centre that will house orphans and the less privileged. I heard your challenges and that you are struggling to raise funds for the construction and will assist you with river sand, pit sand and a 22 000-litre water bowser. Whenever u need them tell me I will give you,” said Deputy Minister Modi to loud applause from the congregants.
Leader of the church Madzibaba Mutumwa said the pledge came at an opportune time as they were struggling to raise funds for the construction of a multi-purpose centre.
“I want to thank Deputy Minister Modi and the government for the timely intervention. Constructing the centre is part of our social responsibility work. We want to help the orphans and the less privileged and live true to the word of God. The church has a role in providing guidance and love to those who are underprivileged.
“We are happy that our leaders have seen what we are doing and have promised to assist us because they see the value that the centre will give to Bulawayo,” said Madzibaba Mutumwa.
He also appealed to the Government to avail land for mining and farming to empower the elderly, women and orphans.
“As a church, we have a large following and we are therefore appealing to the Government to assists us by providing a farm and a mine to help economically empower our unemployed youths and boosting food security in the country,” he said.
“I believe a mine for the church will help empower the women and youths economically in line with Vision 2030. The farm will enable them to venture into various income-generating projects.”