Richard says goodbye on this the last day of broadcasting from SW Radio Africa. He takes a look at the last thirteen years and assesses the future for the church in Zimbabwe.
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Richard reflects on recent news that Home Affairs secretary Melusi Matshiya and Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede are proposing regulations to help “instil sanity in places of worship.” Does the church in Zimbabwe need regulation and are these the right people to do it?
Through the Valley celebrates Zimbabwean gospel music with the inimitable Stanley Madenge.
While Richard is on holiday, we go back into the archives for this week’s Through the Valley. In 2008 Richard talked to Professor Tudor Parfitt about his book, “The Lost Ark of the Covenant” which recounts his efforts to recover one of the most important objects of the ancient world. The Ark of the Covenant once contained the Ten Commandments, and is sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but it disappeared from King Solomon’s Temple when the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem in 586 BC and was lost, apparently forever. Professor Parfitt believes that an unidentified container hidden away in a museum in Harare is directly connected to the original Ark of the Covenant.
A week ago police commissioner Augustine Chihuri said that his force would be guided by the Holy Spirit. This was announced in the wake of a well photographed bust up between officers and members of the Budiriro apostolic sect. Richard asks if Chihuri might be serious and if so what difference this would make to the dealings of the ZRP with the general public.
Richard catches up with the Anglican church in Zimbabwe which has been working overtime trying to pay off the debts accrued by the ex-communicated bishop Nolbert Kunonga. Also we hear what the Pope has to say to Zimbabwe’s Catholic bishops.
Richard examines a recent article by Dr Kadenge, who was head of Zimbabwe’s Christian Alliance. The article calls on us to acknowledge men of the cloth for their role in Southern African politics. He begins with the first ANC president Rev John Langalibabele in 1912, then outlines to the work of Rev Ndabaningi Sithole, the chief architect of Zanu in 1963, and finally to the contributions of the Christian Alliance in the Save Zimbabwe Campaign in 2008, which resulted in the GNU.
Charlie Chaplin is best known as a clown, perhaps the most famous clown who ever lived and yet he had a serious side that has been largely forgotten. In the film the Great Dictator (1940), which he wrote and acted the main part, he delivered a speech that has been known ever since as, The Great Dictator’s Speech. At the time the American government was so concerned about the film in general and the speech in particular that Chaplin was put on a watch list. Through the Valley this Sunday recounts Chaplin’s performance and looks at its extraordinary significance for Zimbabwe today.
This week 26 women, claiming to be girlfriends of Catholic priests, petitioned Pope Francis to end to the Church’s rule on celibacy for the clergy. Meanwhile Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede echoed Catholic teaching when he called on Zimbabweans to stop using condoms. Richard argues that it is time for the Catholic Church to hold an Ecumenical Council in order to review all its teaching on human sexuality.