President grants Guti the hero status

Written by on July 25, 2023

Londiwe Dube


The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, President Emerson Mnangagwa has granted the national hero’s status to the late iconic evangelist and Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) church founder Archbishop Ezekiel Guti who passed away on the 5th of July at 100 years old.

Guti becomes the first ever Zimbabwean evangelist to be granted the hero status which is always considered to be the preserve of the high status politicians who would have contributed immensely in the liberation war.

Guti celebrated his centenary birthday on the 5th of May last month, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in attendance.

His ZAOGA church, also known as the Forward in Faith Ministries International, remains one of the biggest in Zimbabwe with branches around the world and the widow to the late Guti has appointed their son, Joy Guti to take over from his father.

Guti is credited as the author of over a dozen Christian books and oversaw the construction of the Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Harare, which opened its doors in 2012 and many academic institutions.

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