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AN estimated 10 000 g foreign delegation to charismatic prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s Easter Judgement Night in Harare this weekend has seen city hotels and lodges slash their charges by half, thanks to government’s intervention.

The Easter convention, running under the theme “When power meets power, don’t be left out”, is being held at the giant National Sports Stadium Saturday night.

United Family International Church spokesperson, Prime Kufa said so far, hotels under the Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) stable and others have slashed their rates by 50% after government, through the tourism ministry, negotiated this on the church’s behalf.

“We have seen most hotels and lodges understanding our plea which was negotiated by government through the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. As a church, we are happy,” Kufa said.

He said not less than 10 000 delegates will take up accommodation availed through the special rates.

Kufa said most hotels that were charging $130 per room per person, are now charging $70 with some going even lower than that.

“It is a positive outcome that we have seen. We believe the Lord has intervened to make this day a success,” he said.

At least 150 000 people are expected to attend the mega-prayer meeting.

“We have several pastors from within and outside the country attending the service with most of them already in the country and others will be travelling tonight (Thursday),” he said.

The initial Judgement Night in 2012 attracted over 120 000 and among them were local government ministers and top business executives.

At the weekend, church members in Harare marched through the streets of the central business district, popularising the spiritual rally which could easily turn out to be the most attended event in Zimbabwean history.

“We will have two podiums and the prophet will be shuttling between the main stadium and the B Arena. We are going to erect LCDs at around the stadium. This is a fulfilment of God’s vision for Zimbabwe,” Kufa said.

Two weeks ago, government endorsed Judgment Night under its tourism wing with Tourism minister, Walter Mzembi promising to bargain on behalf of the popular church, the lowering of hotel rates for foreign delegates.

Source : New Zimbabwe