Churches plot anti-Mugabe protest

HARARE - Church organisations are plotting an anti-President Robert Mugabe protest tomorrow in Harare.

The organisations — Zimbabwe Devine Destiny (ZDD), Prayer Network of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Pastors Fellowship, Christian Voice and Zimbabwe Christian Alliance — said they will proceed with the demonstration despite failing to get police clearance.

ZDD leader Ancelimo Magaya said the group will also submit a document to the Botswana Embassy in Harare, directed to Sadc — seeking the block’s intervention in the prevailing Zimbabwean economic crisis.

“We want government to address the concerns that are being raised, including corruption, poverty, victimisation of protestors as well as church leaders and also what they are doing to war veterans. We want that to stop,” he said.

In the protest, the churches plan to march from Parkade in Harare’s CBD to Parliament.

“...a section of us shall also be going to the Botswana embassy. This is because Botswana President Ian Khama is the current Sadc chairman.

“I have been to the police and they did not clear us, but the lawyers are on it so that we get an order to proceed.”

This comes as Mugabe has castigated church leaders, including the now United States-based #ThisFlag anti-Mugabe campaign leader Evan Mawarire, saying they should stick to religion and not meddle in politics.

“I want to warn leaders of these churches that are emerging only for the sake of money the likes of (Evan) Mawarire that Zanu PF will not tolerate any nonsense done in the name of religion that once you begin to interfere with our politics you are courting real trouble. Keep to your religion and we will respect you. We know how to deal with our enemies who have for a long time been itching to effect regime change. We have the means to do that,” Mugabe said last month.

The clergymen have also previously warned government to listen to the cries of suffering Zimbabweans or expect an implosion.

Church groups — including Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe — have also criticised the politicising of “people’s genuine grievances and the harassment of churches and their leaders”.

Comments (3)

It is acceptable for Mapostori to be involved in politics. It is acceptable for Bishop Ndanga to be involved because they support ZPF. It was ok for the church to support ZANLA and ZIPRA during the struggle. It was ok for Fr Mukonori and the Catholic to arrange the disappearance of Mugabe and Tekere to Mozambique. It was ok for Desmond Tutu and Frank Chakane to support ANC and speak out against apartheid. It is wrong for todays Church to speak out against the abuse of human rights by Mugabe, it is wrong today for the church to say Mugabe is too old at 92 to govern a country such as Zim. It is ok for Grace to commandeer school kids to useless rallies. It is wrong for Human rights organizations to seek the support of kids and cry out for the release of Dzamara. Its ok for grace to say Tvangison is a zip man, it is wrong for anyone to say grace is a zip woma. kugocha kunoda kwaamai. PAFUNGE IPAPO, PAFUNGE.

Tendai fambaoga - 16 August 2016

Something a little more robust than protest marches is needed to kick Mugabe and company out. Something a bit more like what is being proposed on www(dot)facebook(dot)com(backslash)Avenue4-A4(at)tanetasesidiniweexhausted

Bvuma Wachembera - 16 August 2016

Mugabe is crazy, if you want to oppose him you are evil, if you praise him you are a good guy because he considers you a fool in his heart. Through out the history of man, suffering of man kind have never been isolated from politics and religion. Moses did not get military training to liberate Israel from powers of Pharoah. God intervened and said to Pharoah, let my people go where they can worship me in freedom. That means when people are politically oppressed, their relationship with God is affected, their worship is compromised, hence religious leaders will rise. So Mugabe is saying nonsense.

amina - 17 August 2016

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