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Church gets backlash for suggesting poll sabbath

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Calls by the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) to suspend elections for about 7 years to enable healing as well as resetting of national politics has attracted a backlash from Zimbabweans across the political divide.

Zimbabweans interviewed are of the view that the church is off-side, in suggesting the sabbath adding that the move is meant to sanitise Zanu PF’s “maladministration” which has allegedly brought the country to its knees.

MDC activist Makomborero Haruzivishe said churches must stop proposing misleading doctrines and instead focus on healing rapist and paedophiles who are wreaking havoc in communities.

“These pastors, prophets or bishops whatsoever must be guided accordingly that Zimbabwe is not a theocracy.

“They must first heal the rapists, paedophiles and rampant corruption within their churches before they talk of imposing their malicious and misleading doctrines on us all.

“They must not abuse faith and the institution of the church to appease the dictatorship,” he said.

Also commenting on the proposal by the church leaders, Taurai Kandishaya from Citizens Forum, accused the ZHOCD of pursuing a regime-change agenda.

“Whatever they are suggesting is that which the West is pushing or suggesting. That suggestion is against our constitution, it is against the rule of law.

“There is no need for those people to call themselves church as they are deviating from the role of the church which is to foment peace and unity,” Kandishaya said.

The suggestion by the church leaders did not go down well with the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicist and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi who described the ZHOCD leaders a bunch of mad people and false prophets.

“Every nation has mad people and we have our own Kenneth Mtata and his bunch of false prophets.

“The Bible says all leaders come from God and for a purpose but for his lack of faith, the hypocrite sees visions from the devil and proclaims them as if they were from God.

“#no-to-Baal-prophets,” said Mutodi on Twitter.

Seasoned political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya was also not pleased with the church’s suggestion accusing them of speaking truth to the regime.

“The church is avoiding an apparent and public truth: ED and Zanu PF have failed dismally. On the basis of failing to speak truth to this regime, Zimbabweans must be careful with the suggestions of these folks,” he said.

Exiled political activist Elvis Mugari said it was possible to suspend election but that can only happen when there is a transitional mechanism in place.

“Elections can be suspended only on the basis that, we form a transitional mechanism that will solve the problems which the country is facing and what gives birth to this is a genuine and sincere inclusive dialogue,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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