2nd September, 2010
Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, yesterday arrived Nigeria to seek the faceÂ of God at the Synagogue Church of all Nations in Ikotun, Lagos, South West Nigeria, a sourceÂ told P.M.NEWS this morning.
The source said that the Prime Minister, who has been in power tussle with President RobertÂ Gabriel Mugabe, is visiting Joshuaâ€™s church to seek spiritual help ahead of the PresidentialÂ election in Zimbabwe.
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, arrived the country yesterday with someÂ of his family members and security details, the source said.
â€œJust like the President of Ghana who came to Synagogue Church to seek the face of God duringÂ the election in his country, the Zimbabwe Prime Minister is also at the Synagogue Church toÂ seek the face of God.
â€œThere is an election coming up in Zimbabwe soon and as you know the Synagogue Church is aÂ place of refuge for presidents and African nations in times of trouble, especially troublingÂ elections.
â€œThe Prime Minister arrived with his family members. His daughter is here and there are alsoÂ security details that came with him,â€ the source said.
Since 2000, the Mugabe-led government embarked on a controversial fast-track land reformÂ programme intended to correct the inequitable land distribution created by colonial rule.
Mugabeâ€™s policies have been condemned in some quarters at home and abroad, especially receivingÂ harsh criticism from the British and American governments because they said that the policiesÂ often led to violent land seizure. Inflation in Zimbabwe is one of the worst in the world.
In 2008, his party suffered a tight defeat in national parliamentary elections, but afterÂ disputed presidential elections, Mugabe retained presidential power with the signing of aÂ power-sharing deal with opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara of the MDC-TÂ and MDC-M opposition party.