Churches pray for peace  

ZIMBABWE Amalgamated Churches Council (Zacc) has accused Roman Catholic bishops of meddling in the country’s political affairs, saying they should instead pray for President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Addressing the media yesterday, Zacc patron Jimayi Muduvuri, pictured, said churches must support the president for the good of the country.
“We are not happy with what bishops are doing; they are meddling in politics. As Christians we must be busy praying for our leaders. Churches must not meddle in politics. They must concentrate on spreading God’s word. We are against those churches who want to fight our president because the president was given that position by God.
“As the church we accept diversity and thus call upon those who are refusing to accept reality to swallow their pride and accept that … Emmerson Mnangagwa is the legitimate leader.
“The president was elected and everyone must wait for the 2023 election. For now we must allow … Mnangagwa to continue doing his good work. As churches we will continue to support him because he is in the right direction. We are calling on Zimbabweans to remain peaceful and they must refuse to be used by those who want to overthrow the constitutionally-elected government,” Muduvuri said
This comes as Mnangagwa has challenged the clerics to join the political fray and contest him in the 2023 presidential race as opposed to “hiding” behind the Bible while pushing for political change.
The Church has joined citizens and opposition political parties as well as the international community in calling for Mnangagwa to dialogue with his political rivals amid accusations of human rights abuses and cracking down on dissent since he came to power through a military aided takeover from the late former president Robert Mugabe in 2017.
In his opening remarks to the Zanu PF politburo at the party headquarters in Harare, Mnangagwa said the ruling party has always enjoyed cordial relations with the Church since the days of the country’s struggle for independence from Britain in the 1970s.
“However, it is most unfortunate when men of the cloth begin to use the pulpit to advance a nefarious agenda for detractors of our country. Those who want to enter the political realm are welcome to do so.
“They must come out and form political parties. As Zanu PF, we are ready for the 2023 elections,” Mnangagwa said.
Last Sunday, Catholic bishops in Zimbabwe accused the government of carrying out human rights abuses, in a pastoral letter read out at Catholic churches.


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