BULAWAYO yesterday celebrated its 71st anniversary of the declaration of Bulawayo as a city at the annual civic church service held at the Large City Hall.
Various church leaders were called in to pray for the success of the city, which has been hardest hit by deindustralisation. Opening the service, mayor Martin Moyo expressed gratitude for the large attendance at the service, saying he was proud that industrial development in the country began in Bulawayo.
“This event met our expectations, though more people could have come,” he said.
Moyo spoke of the mayor’s Christmas cheer fund, saying this year’s target was $100 000.
“Last year we only managed to raise $34 000, which was only a third of our target and that is not enough to cater for all the charities the council is targeting,” he said.
Offerings from yesterday will be donated to the mayor’s Christmas cheer fund, with $302 being raised.
Reverend Thembani K Mpofu, who was assigned to pray for the development of Bulawayo, challenged authorities to develop the city so that the next generation may benefit.
“I will take reference from the Bible in Proverbs 13:22,” he said.
“We should pray for good partners with the genuine intention of developing the city, not stealing from it to benefit other provinces.”
The marketing and publicity manager for the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games David Simba said the city needed spiritual guidance ahead of the hosting of the games.
“We all know the economy of our country is limping, therefore, if we do not seek guidance from God during these games nothing will come our way,” he said.