Godfrey Mavunduse – Religious Affairs Correspondent
HARARE– Advocate for peace and a woman of cloth, a multi-billionare – Dr.Hak Ja Han Moon’s visit to Zimbabwe for the launch of the country’s chapter of Family Federation of World Peace and Unification can be a starting point for Zimbabwe in advocating for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed by international communities and the West and USA.
These were remarks from Archbishop Johannes Ndanga who is the FFWPU’s Zimbabwe chairman at a press briefing today in the capital.
This comes after the resilient nation is grappling economic down-spin under Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) crafted in reaction to, inter alia, human rights abuses, political play-field, electoral reforms and controversial agrarian reforms embarked on about the new millennium.
Dr. Moon will tomorrow preside over a festival dubbed ‘Peace starts with me, peace starts with my family’. The festival will also witness the re-dedication of over 40 000 couples
Speaking at the charged press conference convened on the eve of the much awaited Family Peace Festival to be held at the momentous National Sports Stadium tomorrow, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe President (ACCZ) and FFWPU ZIMBABWE chairman Archbishop Johannes Ndanga had no kind words for those calling for rejecting Dr. Moon.
“Why call for the denial of a person who is not looking for anything from Zimbabwe. She has vast resources and investments for herself. She is one who can single-handedly fight for the removal of sanctions or is it removing Zimbabwe from sanctions whichever goes,” he said.
Adding: “Calling for the rejection of such a person is like shooting oneself in the foot.”
He said Dr. Moon had flown in a personal plane direct from New York with eight others in a plane that can accommodate 1000 passengers.
She also owns world influencing publication, The Washington Times newspaper, among a host of other media assets.
The Washington Times chairperson Thomas McDevitt who was part of the panel weighed in, “Peace comes from the heart of a person.
McDevitt pointed that he will use his influence with connections to Congress in the US to canvass for the removal of sanctions. He said this is not a joke but a commitment per-se.
However, Archbishop Ndanga acknowledged that peace and sanctions removal need a combined effort and no one person can hold fort sole monopoly to them.
“No one person can fight the sanctions. We have opened our doors to all so that this is an effort by everybody including the other churches and political players.
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