National hero status tribute to ‘General of Faith’ Ezekiel Guti

Libinance Dokora

Zimbabwe has bestowed its highest honor, the national hero status, upon the esteemed religious leader, Dr. Ezekiel H. Guti, founder of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) church.

This unprecedented recognition marks a significant milestone not only for the nation but also for religious leaders across the country.

Dr. Guti’s remarkable contributions, unwavering commitment to faith, and tireless efforts in serving the community has earned him the prestigious title, making him the second religious leader to receive such a distinguished
accolade after Roman Catholic cleric Father Emmanuel Ribeiro was firstly accorded the status as a religious leader in 2021.

The nation stands united in celebrating the life and legacy of this visionary figure, whose impact has transcended the realms of faith and spirituality to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of countless Zimbabweans.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa conferred the national hero’s status on the late iconic evangelist Arch-
bishop Ezekiel Guti. Dr Guti died on July 5 2023 at the age of hundred years in South Africa.

The honour of the national hero status has in the past predominantly been accorded to the country’s great politicians who stood head and shoulders above the rest in their contribution to the liberation struggle.

This comes at a time when the majority of Zimbabweans were voicing for Guti to be given the honour considering the impact he made in the country’s religion and education.

The religious leader died after celebrating his birthday where he reached hundred years on May 5 2023 which was graced by President Emerson Mnangagwa.

His ZAOGA church, also known as the Forward in Faith Ministries International, remains one of the biggest in Zimbabwe with branches around the world.

In 2012, he established the Ezekiel Guti University in Bindura, reportedly at a cost of US$100 million.

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