- Members of the apostolic, Zionist sects urged to abide by lockdown regulations
- Sects’ midwives must not assist patients who are not yet tested for COVID-19
THE Union for Development of the Apostolic Churches in Zimbabwe (Udaciza) secretary general, Reverend Edison Tsvakayi, has urged apostolic and Zionist sect members to abide by the government directives in the fight against COVID-19.
The government recently banned all gatherings, including those for churches as a means to mitigate the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary general of Udaciza, Reverend Edison Tsvakayi told Zim Morning post that there were some apostolic and Zionist sects which were still gathering during the night and illegally conducting prayers.
“We know that the apostolic churches have their annual programmes but we are not supposed to conduct them until the lockdown is declared over,” Tsvakayi said.
“We know that apostolic sects are gathering at night and even during the day for prayers.
“They must stop these gatherings as a matter of urgency and abide by the government guidelines,” he said.
“We are not discouraging people to pray, but they must do so in small groups or as families.
“I encourage the members to even call each other on the cellphones and prophecy to them through mobile phones,” he said.
Tsvakayi also warned apostolic sect midwives to stop assisting “patients” at their homes.
“We know that we have members of the church who practise midwifery.
“They must stop assisting those not yet tested for coronavirus,” Tsvakayi said.
“In conventional hospitals, there are procedures that are followed by health practitioners to avoid the spread of the disease,” he added.
In a survey conducted by this publication around Zimbabwe, some members of the apostolic sects have even resorted to gathering in secretive places to conduct prayers.