The Apostolic Christian Council Of Zimbabwe Original 2009 has blocked a visit to Zimbabwe by South African TV personality, Somizi Mhlongo, citing his sexual orientation as the reason.
Somizi, who publicly announced that he is gay, was set to visit Zimbabwe for the re-opening of Garwe Restaurant on the 4th of November 2021.
The restaurant is one of the most iconic in the country, and has seen big international acts visit, including Nigeria’s P-Square duo, Sean Paul and Brick & Lace.
Unfortunately, the restaurant had to close during the Covid-19 pandemic when health and safety regulations were at an all-time high
Now, the restaurant is ready to reopen, and has set the date for 4th November 2021.
Somizi was meant to grace the event as a guest chef. His invitation has caused a lot of controversy in the country as different players have weighed in.
The main issue they have is that he is openly gay.
In the letter by the Indigenous Churches, they outlined that his presence would disrupt the country spiritually.
They said that allowing him into the country would send a message that they have accepted homosexuality, and they are not ready to allow his influence on their children.
See tweet below:
UNWELCOME: The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe asks President Mnangagwa to intervene and stop South African celebrity Somizi Mhlongo from travelling to Zimbabwe to appear as a guest chef at Garwe Restaurant. Churches say "strongly against" – because Somizi is gay pic.twitter.com/coM9JQXqJo
— ZimLive (@zimlive) November 3, 2021