Nigeria collapse: Zimbabwe reports first casualty
The victim was an official in opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party.
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe is reporting its first casualty in last Friday's church collapse in Lagos, Nigeria where more than 84 South Africans have been killed.
The victim was an official in opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) political party.
Led by the charismatic "Prophet" TB Joshua, the Lagos Pentacostal church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles, including curing the ill and raising the dead.
The regular influx of visitors from abroad for the church's services, which can last up to a week, creates demand for accommodation that the church's own guest house has been unable to meet, and often spills over into local hotels.
MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora has identified the man as Greenwich Ndanga, a provincial chairman for the party in the Mashonaland West province.
Ndanga was also a pastor in his own church in Zimbabwe.
Mwonzora said Ndanga was in the company of South Africans during his trip to Nigeria.
TB Joshua's church in Lagos draws many Zimbabwean visitors and Tsvangirai visited the church last October.
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Meanwhile, the Gift of the Givers says it has not been able to provide aide to the victims of the Nigeria building collapse because the Synagogue Church of All Nations seems unwilling to accept its help.
Gift of the Givers staff in Lagos have been helping government officials track down South Africans who were injured in the tragedy but says in two instances they were barred from speaking to patients in hospitals and threatened with arrest.
The foundation's Imtiaz Sooliman says the group's efforts to distribute relief aide has been hampered.