According to church members who spoke to Radio VOP, the directive was announced by Madzibaba Shadreck Kwembeya at one of the sect’ s church service held at an open space in Tshabalala last Sunday.
“Madzibaba Kwembeya told us that following President Robert Mugabe’s attendance of the sect’s annual pass over in Marange recently, it was agreed by the church’s leadership that everyone in the church should reciprocate
Mugabe’s donations of two tractors to the church by joining Zanu (PF).
Kwembeya made it clear that anyone who is against Zanu (PF) and its leadership was free to leave the church and start his or her own church, said Irvine Machokoto, a long serving member of the church.
Everyone in the church is expected to have bought a Zanu (PF) card by the end of August this year.
Another church member, Susan Ncube said, “I would rather leave the church than buy a Zanu (PF) card. Why are these guys mixing Christianity and politics?
“I hear they have already invited Zanu (PF) secretary for commissariat, Webster Shamu to address all members of the sect in Bulawayo. Church members should be allowed to join political parties of their choices and must not to be told what to do by church elders,” said Ncube.
When reached for comment Kwembeya said, “I do not talk to newspapers which do not respect our god-given president. Write whatever you like,” he said before switching off his mobile phone.