Byo churches to hold Mandela memorial


CHURCHES in Bulawayo will today hold a memorial service for the late former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Large City Hall.


One of the organisers, Reverend Useni Sibanda, said the memorial service was organised by all churches in the city, calling on residents to attend in their numbers.

“The memorial service involves combined church leaders from the city,” Sibanda said.

“We have invited the mayor Martin Moyo who has confirmed attendance and members of civil society. We are still making efforts to get in touch with the Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi-Moyo so that we extend our invitation. We also urge residents to come in their numbers for this special event.”

Sibanda said Bulawayo shared historical links with South Africa adding that the city had a twinning agreement with Polokwane in South Africa.

“We are praying for South Africa so that there is peace in this period of transition; that will be our focus. We want to celebrate Mandela and the lessons from his life that we feel are important not only for Africa, but for the world,” Sibanda added.