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Economic crisis: MDC applauds Zim churches' initiative

09 June 2016, 21:38

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has applauded the recent initiative taken by various churches in finding a lasting solution to the country's political and socio-economic crisis.

In a press statement sent to News24, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said that the party took "cognisance of the bold move taken by the country’s church leaders".

According to the Daily News, various church groups reiterated their calls for the resignation of long-time President Robert Mugabe, 92, if the country was to move forward.

Amongst the various church groups were the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) and the influential Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC).  

In a combined press release, the churches said that Zimbabwe deserved leaders who had the interests of the people at heart.

'Worsening human rights records'

EFZ president and spokesperson of the churches on the matter, Shingi Munyeza, said the leadership in the country had to step down and end political patronage, rampant factionalism and stimulate "leadership renewal across the board".

Gutu said that his party welcomed the exchange of ideas from the diverse backgrounds of various groupings in the country. 

He further alluded that the churches' interventions could not have come at a "better time". 

"As shepherd of these suffering people in Christ, it is appropriate that the church should superintend over the physical, intellectual, social and economic well-being of the same people," said Gutu.  

This was not the first time that churches in the southern African country had called on Mugabe to step down.

According to a previous News24 report, the churches in May told the veteran leader to step down due to "his failed economic policies" and "worsening human rights record".

The president of the Christian Voice International Zimbabwe (CVI-Z), Tapfumaneyi Zenda, was quoted saying that Zimbabweans had suffered enough under the nonagenarian’s rule.

Mugabe has been at the helm since the country obtained its independence in 1980.

- News 24


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