Dates set for Bernard Mizeki’s annual pilgrimage

Preparations for the Anglican Church’s annual Bernard Mizeki pilgrimage are underway and dates have been set.

The annual event will be held at the Bernard Mizeki Shrine in Marondera from June 14 to 16.

Mizeki was an African Christian missionary and martyr.

President of the Anglican Council of Zimbabwe (ACZ) and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland, Eric Ruwona, confirmed the dates yesterday in an interview with NewsDay.

“We have already started preparations, at the moment we are not in a position to announce our guest list,” he said.

Last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa was the guest of honor accompanied by several government officials.

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More than 20,000 pilgrims attended the historic event commemorating the life of Mizeki, who died in 1896.

Mnangagwa, while delivering his speech, declared the shrine a world heritage site.

The commemorations drive development in Mashonaland East province.

Last year, the church rehabilitated roads leading to the site, just 15 kilometers from the central business district of Marondera.

Mizeki was born in 1861 at Mamiyeri Mitseka Gwambe in Inhambane, Mozambique.

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