Church urged to condemn violence

HARARE - Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD) leader Ancelimo Magaya has urged more churches to rise and speak against violence, torture and police brutality which they allege is being perpetrated by the President Robert Mugabe-led government.

Speaking at a prayer meeting held at the Dutch Reformed Church in Harare yesterday, Magaya said the Church must identify with the suffering members of the public.

“I am calling upon the Church to identify with the suffering. I plead with the Church that we need to sympathise with the suffering masses of Zimbabwe, we should sympathise with the people as they get into the streets to peacefully demonstrate.

“Churches should rise to the occasion by associating with the masses by way of condemning evil. The Church should define the destiny of the nation,” Magaya said.

The prayer meeting which was held under the title, ‘‘Defining a new epoch for Zimbabwe’’, was the inaugural prophetic declaration service, which Magaya said will be conducted across the country’s 10 provinces every month.

“Things will never be the same again. The moment the Church rises to speak God’s mind, that’s when we begin to see the collapse and decay of this political system that we have in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The event, which was attended by several church leaders, comes after ZDD together with three other church organisations Christian Voice, Prayer Network of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Pastor’s Fellowship, petitioned Parliament calling for the impeachment of Mugabe on the grounds that he has failed to uphold the Constitution.

Magaya also lamented government’s failure to deal with corruption and curb violence.

“The justice of God will catch up with the perpetrators of violence and cowards. It is dangerous to be a coward. When you are a coward, you will do what you are not supposed to do.

“Cowards will say we are here your Excellency, 35 to 36 years when we no longer have an economy. Cowardice is cancerous, it sends you to hell…Church rise!,” Magaya said.

He further said it is sad and pathetic that people are being brutalised for exercising their constitutionally-ascribed right.

“Our justice system has allowed murderers to roam freely. I have not heard of anyone who was arrested after the 2008 killings.

“The country has had a cycle of violence, systematic torture organised by the State,” he said, citing Gukurahundi which led to the death of over 20 000 citizens in Matabeleland, violent land seizures and torture of people.

He declared that the masterminds of violence and corrupt deals shall face God’s imminent judgment unless they repent.

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