Some churches in Bulawayo, mostly Apostolic sect groups continue to hold services in the open and on hilltops in violation of lockdown restrictions.
The congregants do not follow measures recommended for curbing the spread of COVID-19 such as observing social distancing and wearing masks.
Jameson Musengi of Healing Apostolic Faith Church in Njube told the Chronicle that they were not holding a church service per se but were only conducting prayer sessions. He said:
We are aware of the ban on church gatherings and I want to make it clear that we are not here to conduct a church service.
We are actually here to pray then we disperse because it is important with or without Covid-19 to dedicate ourselves to God through prayer.
An elder at Kuera Apostolic Faith Church in Nkulumane 12 suburb, Sibongile Sibanda, said congregants were not holding a church service but “simply” praying for their families and the human race. She said:
Our leader was caught in the South African lockdown and therefore as members, we decided to continue gathering at our shrine for prayers.
We are not conducting sermons but simply praying for the wellbeing of our families and the generality of mankind.