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Enough is Enough
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30 June 2004
The St Cross Anglican Church in the Hwedza district of Mashonaland East has been the spiritual home and centre point of the farming community of that area for decades. It is – or was – a beautiful little church, nestling among the granite rocks and msasa trees that grow to a great height in that region. A feature of the little church was the large plain glass window behind the altar, affording worshippers a magnificent view of this remarkable landscape.
Imagine the shock and dismay then of an elderly parishioner who visited the church last week only to find that this hallowed sanctuary had been plundered and vandalized by ZANU PF thugs. Many of the pews had been removed, the altar stripped out and the beautiful antique organ was gone. Daubed on the walls in red paint were slogans to the effect that “This is now a Catholic Church”.
While the meaning and purpose of the offensive graffiti may not be immediately clear, reliable reports from the area indicate that ZANU PF meetings are now held in the building. It is also known that the ZANU PF Minister responsible for youth training, Elliot Manyika, has put out the word that henceforth party meetings must be held in churches wherever possible in order to “undermine the authority of the Church”