State Assisted Funeral for Mutumwa Noah
Marange (New Ziana)-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has joined the Marange community in mourning Johane Marange Church leader, High Priest Noah Taguta who died at his home in Mafararikwa on Sunday after a long illness.
He was 82 and was survived by 25 wives and 120 children.
He was born in 1940 and has led the church for the past 30 years after being ordained in July 1992.
In recognition of his contribution to the spiritual and material well-being of the nation, Government accorded the late High Priest a State assisted funeral.
In his condolence message, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described the late Mutumwa as a devout Christian and a staunch messenger of God.
“In recognition of his contribution to the spiritual and material well-being of our Nation, I have directed Government to accord the late Mutumwa Noah Taguta a State assisted funeral. May the good Lord welcome him into His healing Grace, and rest his soul eternally.
“The late Mutumwa Noah was a truly begotten spiritual child of the church founded by the late Johanne Marange, which he transformed into strong, sub regional movement of God`s faithful covering Southern, East and Central Africa.
“Such a massive movement of believers drawn from diverse nationalities and cultures required inspired leadership which he only alone could provide,” said President Mnangagwa.
He said Mutumwa is admired for his commitment to the Word and his exceptional leadership, through which Zimbabwe is a well known spiritual epicentre on the African continent.
“I have vivid memories of my visits to his Headquarters in Mafararikwa, in rural Marange which he transformed into continental shrine and home to God`s faithful.
“He did more for his breathen and country. Against age old practices and set traditions, he challenged archaic outlooks to mordenise church until it embraced secular education, morden medical practices and a better, enlightened life for the girl child in the church,” said the President.
With very little persuasion, President Mnangagwa said, Mutumwa built a modern high school which is a source of pride to the church, the community and Government.
“Today children and families in the church and beyond accept education and have embraced modern medical practices, including vaccination programmes.
“Mutumwa Noah was singularly responsible for this transformation which consolidated the church`s standing as a movement associated with the liberation of our country,” he said.
President Mnangagwa showered praises on Mutumwa for his overall efforts towards national food security through productive use of the land he was allocated by Government.
“I also knew the late departed as a passionate farmer. To that end, he approached Government for land which he proceeded to put to full, productive use, this contributing to the overall effort towards national food security.
“That tradition of agricultural industrial and productivity on a commercial scale is now firmly established in the Church which is able to meet it food requirements, in addition to marketable surplus.
“We applaud his leadership which went beyond the spiritual realm, to encompass the secular, thus ministering to complete human beings.
“On behalf of the Government, the People of Zimbabwe, and my own behalf, I wish to express my deep, heartfelt condolences to the Taguta family. He was a spiritual father of our Nation which today shares their grief and joins them and the entire Church in bereavement.
Community members interviewed by Pungwe News in Marange described the late Mutumwa as an epitome of wisdom.“Mutumwa was epitome of wisdom. He built St Noah College and a state-of-the-art stadium.
We will remember him for his great works,” said Takura Chitakunye of Bocha Marange.
Chris Dzvene described the late High Priest as a unifier and a progressive mind.
“He broke the barriers which inhibited our children from accessing basic education. Now we boast of high pass rate at our school. Our children can now progress to tertiary education and universities. We will miss him, “said Dzvene a member of Johanne Marange Apostolic Sect.
Others said Mutumwa transformed the church into a formidable movement through his teachings of the Word.
“Our church is one of the oldest indigenous churches which had spread its wings across the globe. Through Mutumwa teachings and wisdom, the church grew from strength to strength and today we celebrate his life as a great leader of all times,” said Mupostori Eberi Maingamhuru.