Keep the momentum, churches urge protesters

HARARE - Outspoken preacher Ancelimo Magaya has urged Zimbabweans protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s policies to “keep up the momentum” so as to force the nonagenarian to relinquish power.

Commenting on the ongoing wave of protests sweeping across the country the  clergyman, who is the director of Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD), an association of several churches that has been at the forefront of criticising Mugabe’s 36-year reign told the Daily News yesterday that Zimbabweans now want the 92-year-old to relinquish power.

Magaya called for a transitional authority to run the country’s affairs until fresh elections are held accusing the nonagenarian of failing the nation.

“This is the clearest indication that you cannot suppress people for ever because there will certainly come a time when people are left with limited options and we are saying let’s mount up these demonstrations and keep the momentum as long as we do not become violent, ” Magaya said.

This comes as the country has been hit by an upsurge of demonstrations aimed at government as citizens challenge Mugabe’s policies including the recent ban on basic goods imports.

Yesterday, kombi operators fought running battles with the police who they accuse of being a menace on the country’s roads.

On the other hand, cross border traders last Friday forced the temporary closure of Beitbridge Border Post as they protested against the new import regulations.

Magaya urged citizens throughout the country to continue piling pressure to force authorities to relinquish power.


People protest in Ruwa on Monday.

He said unless government addresses issues of unemployment, cash shortages, police brutality, among a litany of other concerns the chaos will only escalate “with disastrous consequences”.

“There is need for government to understand the real cause of this. Police are abusing people on the roads and we have had enough so we urge government to listen and engage national stakeholders to establish a transitional authority”.

The ZDD leader who has been working on uniting opposition political parties in the country was recently questioned by police after he had submitted a letter notifying them of an all-people convention at City Sports Centre.

The preacher has also been vocal in demanding that the authorities provide information on the whereabouts of missing human rights activist Itai Dzamara.

In recent statements, Magaya has lamented the way churches and civil society had taken a back seat while Zimbabwe continued to burn.

He said it was important for the Church to rise and publicly and openly denounce injustices and irregularities that were happening in the country as civil society has lost its mandate while castigating civil society for being swamped by intra-organisation squabbles.

Comments (7)

1 Corinthians 14:33 greatly differs from what Magaya is advocating. Unless if he is of his father the devil (John 10:10), then I would understand where he is coming from. The Daily News is also becoming a devil's advocate by writing such stories, purporting that Churches are saying protests should continue. No the Church of God is saying No to violence, by both the police and the people. Who suffers from these unnecessary acts of violence, it is the people. Why is it that the violence is in Mabvuku, Tafara, Epworth and not in Borrowdale Brooke, Chisipite and Helensvale. Why do people accept to be used by the agents of devil to further his agenda of destroying what God created. Mr Editor, do not be an agent of the devil because you will be judged together with him.

L. Makombe - 5 July 2016

Makombe hauna chaunoziva nyarara.Do you think God will come walking to change things.You pray and you act.Read your bible well.Israelites would go for war and God will be with them.Read 2 chronicles 20:15,16. DO NOT ASK GOD TO GUIDE YOUR FOOTSTEPS...IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO MOVE YOUR FEET.Stand up and do something.You are being used with the devil to discourage.Until when????

peter - 5 July 2016

This article distorts the truth. The church is united in condemning violence, destruction and chaos, as well as speaking without respect of the president and national leaders. However the church urges peaceful means such as marches with placards, having private meetings with those who have power and influence, boycotts, short hunger strikes and long hunger strikes.

steve blomefield - 5 July 2016

Mukombe asi waidya ne rgim iyi kanhi? Tinenzara uye Mari hakuna. Mapurisa atinetsa uye Grace anotituka. Hatichada. Ngavaende.

Mahlekete Peter - 6 July 2016

mukombe, urimukombe we seven days or kachasu! wakadhakwa stereki mubvakure!

toti - 6 July 2016

vamugabe ngavachingondozorora vakura retirement age ngaishande kumunhu wese

david manheru - 6 July 2016

I presume Makomba lives in Borrowdale Brook and does not feel the suffering of the majority of Zimbabweans.

Pieter Herbst - 7 July 2016

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