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  • Christian Alliance has successful youth rally in Mutare
    Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
    May 25, 2007

    About 300 youths from Mutare gathered at a church on Friday for a peaceful rally organized by the Christian Alliance. Coordinator Pastor Ray Motsi said the idea was to inform them about the issues concerning our country, how they ought to behave and what is the way forward. The event took place just a day after the government extended a ban on political rallies and back in March the police blocked a prayer meeting organized by the Christian Alliance, claiming it was a political gathering. Pastor Motsi said: "It was very peaceful and we never had any disturbances at all. There wasn't even any noticeable police even though we know that the CIOs would be part of the crowd anyway."

    Pastor Motsi said the church was full and there were 6 or 7 local pastors and various youth groups from Mutare. Representatives from the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) addressed the youth about the situation in the colleges. Some entertainment was also provided by local groups and special guest Pastor G. The popular musician said music is a non-threatening form of communication.

    Asked how the youth responded the Pastor said: "They felt very encouraged and some of them communicated that they had found a way to express themselves as Christian youth in Zimbabwe."

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