Indigenous churches in Zimbabwe have described the late former President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe's David, who was a great leader who contributed to the decolonisation of Zimbabwe and Africa.
Speaking during the Ordainment of three Bishops of three different indigenous apostolic churches in Zvishavane, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) Executive Moderator, Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said former President will go down in the books of history as the country's own David.
The ceremony saw the elevation of Reverend Tobias Zunguzira, who is the Bishop for Mapisarema Apostolic Church to ACCZ vice president.
"We want to thank God for the long life that he gave to former President Mugabe," said Archbishop Ndanga. "He accomplished his mission in this country which the Lord had assigned him to do.
"He had his own flaws towards the end of his reign, but we should understand that it was because of the old age. We leave a predetermined life.
"God planned everything for us because the holy book says in the end his will shall prevail. So, we can't bury all the good deed he did including playing a pivotal role during the liberation struggle. He was unwavering on protecting the gains of the revolution. We know many strayed along the way but he remained focused."
Archbishop Ndanga said indigenous churches were grateful to President Mugabe for instigating black empowerment through the land reform programme.
"We will forever be grateful for his instigation of economic independence through programmes such as the land reform which emancipated black people so that they have access to land and the means of production," he said.
"We also join President Mnangagwa, the Mugabe family and the entire nation in mourning the iconic leader.
We must all look at the positive things that he did and those are the memories of him that will be engraved in our minds. He is part of the country's great history."