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The Salvation Army’s international leader General Andre Cox met President Mugabe at State House in Harare yesterday and assured him that the church was there to support the people.

General Cox, who is based in the United Kingdom and was accompanied by his wife Commissioner Silvia Cox, was taken to State House by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche who are both members of the church.

In an interview with ZBC News after the meeting, VP Mujuru said Gen Cox, who was born in Zimbabwe, told President Mugabe that it was important for Zimbabweans to maintain their resilience.

“He was also telling the President that even the ills that we are facing, especially corruption, homosexuality, he was even talking about rape cases that are so rampant and even murders, he was saying that’s the duty of the church and that’s why he is here,” VP Mujuru said.

She said General Cox left Harare yesterday afternoon to attend a church conference being held in Gweru.

VP Mujuru said she would not be able to attend the conference because of a lot of responsibilities she has on Independence Day.

General Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, was elected as the 20th General of the Salvation Army in August last year.

Born in Harare in 1954 to an English father and Swiss mother, Gen Cox spent his childhood years in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom, before moving to Switzerland where he met his wife and began training to become Salvation Army officers, taking up their first appointments in 1979.

Source : The Herald

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