Bishop Manhanga of Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) said, ““The events of last week are a clear sign of the Zimbabwe we don’t want. We need to speak to both sides. We must double our efforts.”
Our bishops are wasting time. Mugabe is a criminal. All ZANU PF leaders are guilt of destroying homes, starving millions and attacking the opposition. For things to get better in Zimbabwe all ZANU PF must go. They have openly showed contempt for human life. Therefore according to moral laws of God they are not worthy to be civil leaders. Exodus 18:21 give us a clear qualification of civil leaders.
“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21
It is waste of time for Church leaders to think that they can still talk to Mugabe and unite him with Morgan Tsvangirai. This is wishful thinking.
The Church has a ministry to confront the oppressors and to proclaim that God has judged Zimbabwe for sin. The Church must not recognize Mugabe or ZANU PF legitimacy by saying it will talk to him. One part of the solution is that Mugabe leave presidency and be tried for his crimes against humanity. This is what Mugabe doesn’t want. The Church compromise and Mugabe doesn’t compromise. Even though Mugabe knows that some Churches support him or give him legitimacy he does not trust them. The wicked trust none including his wife. Mugabe has murdered many people and betrayed even his close friends; therefore there is no basis of trusting anyone.
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HARARE – Zimbabwean church leaders pushing for talks between the government and the opposition on Thursday finally broke their silence saying last week’s crackdown against the opposition had seriously compromised their efforts.
Bishop Trevor Manhanga, said last week’s events had seriously damaged the church’s initiative to broker talks between the ruling ZANU PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.
The church leader was referring to the brutal torture of Tsvangirai and other opposition and civic leaders after they attempted to attend an outlawed prayer rally in Harare’s working class suburb of Highfield.
Manhanga was part of a group of church leaders who last year produced a document, titled, “The Zimbabwe We Want: Towards A National Vision for Zimbabwe” that pushed for dialogue between the government and opposition.
“The events of last week are a clear sign of the Zimbabwe we don’t want. We need to speak to both sides. We must double our efforts,” said Manhanga.
The church leaders, who were seen as pro-government, last year presented the church document to President Robert Mugabe and later met Tsvangirai and other opposition leaders to convince them to accept dialogue to resolve the crisis.
The national vision document called for the setting up of an independent land commission to ensure fair land distribution, a new constitution for Zimbabwe as well as a review of harsh media and security laws.
While Mugabe accepted the church initiative, he rejected outright calls for a new constitution.
The church initiative appears to have failed with Mugabe defiantly telling Western nations unhappy over last week’s torture of Tsvangirai while in police custody to “go hang.” – ZimOnline