Harare - Zimbabwean churches have called on "long time" President Robert Mugabe, 92, to step down over "his failed economic policies" and "worsening human rights record", a report said on Thursday.
According to NewsDay, the president of the Christian Voice International Zimbabwe (CVI-Z) Tapfumaneyi Zenda, claimed that Zimbabweans had suffered enough under the nonagenarian's "misrule".
Zenda further alleged that the veteran leader was holding the country at "ransom" by refusing to step down.
"As long as the president does not want to genuinely repent and to find a notable gesture for the butchered people and the surviving relatives, he continues to hold Zimbabweans to ransom. The honourable thing for him to do is stepping down," Zenda was quoted as saying.
Mugabe has been at the helm for well over three decades.
The churches' demand came a day after a group of war veterans claimed that it had revoked its support for Mugabe.
The former freedom fighters said Mugabe could not be the ruling Zanu-PF candidate in the 2018 presidential elections.
The group, which was reportedly linked to ousted deputy president Joice Mujuru, claimed that the veteran leader was no longer fit to govern both the Zanu-PF party and the country.