Zimbabwe church called to unite first before Mnangagwa and Chamisa

 Zimbabwe church called to unite first before Mnangagwa and Chamisa
Published: 26 May 2019 (202 Views)
THE Church in Zimbabwe will have no moral high ground to accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa of refusing to work together when it is also divided, clerics have said.

Churches in the country, including the Zimbabwe Council churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, have been at the forefront of calling for dialogue to end the political and economic dilemma in the country.

However, the Zimbabwe Christian Development Council (ZCDC) on Wednesday expressed its disquiet over lack of cohesion in the church's calls, saying the entire process of bringing politicians together remained a fallacy if the Church itself was not united.

Addressing the media in Harare ZCDC acting registrar Jairos Dzvene called for unity among the country's various churches first if they entertain hopes to bring politicians to the negotiating table.

"As churches, we are not united. We don't speak with one voice. So the first thing we are supposed to do as churches is to unite.

We are so divided, we can't speak with one voice," Dzvene said.

He also bemoaned the fact that when church umbrella body, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, for example, speaks, "it's attributed to all church umbrella bodies".

"So we want to initiate a dialogue among church organisations and leadership. As it stands, we are so divided."

Dzvene, whose organisation claims to have 300 affiliate churches, said it was pointless for them to call Chamisa to be part of the ongoing dialogue process with Mnangagwa and other losing candidates of last year's presidential polls amid divisions among themselves.

"Charity begins at home. Let's unite and then we go with one voice to the political leaders. How can we approach political leaders for not participating in the political parties' dialogue when we are not united as men and women of cloth?

"For now, we only pray that the current political dialogue receives God's hand and that the economy of this country gets better.

"We cannot say Chamisa join the dialogue but we say no to individualism. Let's put the interest of the people that we lead first," he said.

Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the July 30 presidential elections, but Chamisa insists that the Zimbabwean leader manipulated results of the poll and has refused to acknowledge his presidency.

The disagreement over the elections has resulted in a political stand-off that in turn has heavily impacted the economic situation.

The country's economy has taken a nose dive as a result of protests over massive fuel price hikes announced by Mnangagwa on January 12 this year.

Two days later, deadly protests engulfed the country with 12 lives lost and property destroyed in addition to the looting of shops and other outlets.

Well known cleric and activist, Evan Mawarire, was arrested and charged with subversion after circulating images through social media calling for people to demonstrate against the government.

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference has also been on the forefront calling for dialogue to end the crisis along with several other Christian leaders who have also criticized the government for heavy handedness of security forces in dealing with protestors.

- dailynews

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