Thousands gathered at the Robert Mugabe International Airport yesterday to welcome the body of the founder of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (Zaoga) Forward in Faith Ministries International, Ezekiel Guti.
Guti, who died on July 5 in South Africa, leaves behind a long history of evangelism spanning at least 63 years since the church was founded.
David Mabvuramiti, a known musician of the ‘Chikomba muWardrobe’ fame, who was born visually impaired, attributed his eyesight to Guti.
“His leadership was the kind that leaves an impact on anyone to be better,” Mabvuramiti said.
“I was blind, but now I see because of him.”
Social media has been awash with rumours that there are already succession squabbles in the church following his death.
Zaoga FIF secretary general, Mishael Nyambo, said the reports were not true.
“This church is being run by the national council and the Zaoga executive that is why all branches have been functional even when Guti was not there physically,” Nyambo said.
“We will continue having the executive leading us and we are happy.”
Zaoga members are expected to gather at the City Sports Centre in August to celebrate the life of their leader.
“We are finalising the arrangements for our homecoming celebrations,” Nyambo said.
“It will be the 3rd and 4th of August at the City Sports Centre and on the 5th of August we will start off at the City Sports Centre and move for the all-night vigil at the National Sports Stadium to Sunday the 6th.”
Guti founded the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University and the Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Harare.
— The Standard