By Sindiso Dube
As part of his congregation’s social responsibility work, Bulawayo cleric Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa and his Johanne Masowe the Fifth Apostolic sect has donated cash to the tune of ZWL$6 000 to Bulawayo City Football Club.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the city council offices at Bulawayo Tower Block, Mutumwa expressed appreciation for the work being done by the municipality football team.
“As residents of Bulawayo, we appreciate the efforts and work being done by Bulawayo City FC. There are doing a great job by keeping many youths off the streets and away from drugs and other illicit behaviours which kill their lives and careers,” Mutumwa said.
“We are ratepayers, that makes us a part of the team and we feel like we have to contribute to the team’s show off the field of play.”
Bulawayo City FC chairman Jerry Sibanda was grateful for the cleric’s donation.
“We appreciate this gesture by the church and it’s good to see a religious sect coming on board to support football,” Sibanda said.
“Football is a sport associated with beer, but seeing religious leaders and their sects coming in is humbling. We want to keep on working with you, this will help us go back to the premier league.”
Mutumwa is well-known in the city for exorcising demons in Bulawayo and around the country through famous marathon services dubbed “Hoko yechiwororo/Go back to sender”, where a number of people who worship at his church are basking in the glory of testimonies.
Mutumwa leads the Johanne Masowe the Fifth stationed at the Selbourne Park church shrine in Bulawayo.