Churches calls for leadership renewal across board

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Union for development of Apostolic and Zion Churches in Southern Africa general secretary Reverend Edison Tsvakai addressing people at the prayer meeting.

THE Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHCD) yesterday recommended leadership renewal across the board in the country, as well as increased political accountability.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

In a communiqué entitled The Zimbabwe We Want – Taking the Process Forward, ZHCD said they had noted political intolerance and gaps in failure to implement the Constitution, as well as weakened rule of law in the country.

ZHCD is made up of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches and Union for the Development of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe.

“The current political landscape in Zimbabwe is characterised by polarisation, intolerance to opposing political views and ideologies, intra and inter-party fighting and succession issues, further weakening the political discourse,” ZHCD said.

“We recommend that there be a leadership renewal across the board and for increased political accountability, as well as for the Executive to adhere to the rule of law for the removal of political patronage and factionalism.”

On the economic front, ZHCD said recovery was severely challenged by reduced industrial productivity, poor delivery of basic social services at local level and corruption that had escalated to the point where it was affecting aggregate economic growth.

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“Immediate steps need to be taken by the Executive to improve the economy, reduce poverty, improve international relations, reduce, repay and restructure debt, increase the capacity to borrow, support the informal sector and create genuine wealth,” the heads of Christian denominations said.

They said lack of accountability and corruption had gradually become endemic at all levels of Zimbabwean society, where individuals in positions of trust were excessively abusing their positions for personal gain, meaning that resources meant for the poor or for the common good were not being used appropriately. “There is need for the Land Commission to be perationalised and to conduct a land audit that should be published,” the communiqué read.

“As churches, we have repeatedly supported land redistribution, but the land redistribution process has not been transparent, orderly, nor followed jubilee principles which favour the poor and has not yet resulted in efficient use of the land benefiting the population at large.”

On legal issues, they said some contentious pieces of legislation continued to exist in the country’s statute books, with the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act being of particular concern.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Machurch aya atanga kupandukira hurumende vachishandiswa nevarungu.Hakuna mapostori nemaZion ano joina this part of a program.This UDACIZA yaTsvakai does not even have an office and have very few churches as members but claim to represent mapostori vachi joiner zvima organisation zvevarungu. They need to be investigated for the donor funds dzavari kupihwa for regime change agenda iyi yatanga.Why supporting an agenda yekuchinja leadership.Hakuna mapostori anosupporter zvakadaro.

    • Saka do you mean kuti maZimbabeans pachawo havazivi zvawanoda inga zvamunonzi makadzidza wani. Go and hang. We want Leadership renewal full stop.ZANUPF has failed period.

  2. Baba Johane vakati vaMugabe vachatonga kusvika Mwari avatora saka this UDACIZA inomirira mapostori api chaiwo.Ko sei varikubuda mugwara ratagara tinaro reku supporter vaMugabe.

  3. Machurch aya atanga kugadzirira 2018 elections . They need to be investigated.Mapostori akazotanga riinhi kubatana nemachurch evarungu aya.Which complete leadership renewal yamunotaura nhasi.Ko Queen vanochinjwa rini.VanaTsvakai ngwarirayi kushandiswa nevarungu ava muchifurirwa kuita regime church iyi.Where are the offices of this UDACIZA claiming to reprent mapostori ????. KuBritain kunotongwa neAnglican haumbonzwa kuchinzi mamwe machurch ataura kuti change the government.Why Zimbabwe

  4. if you go to Britain Anglican church is powerful and in Italy Roman Catholic is powerful.Churches from outside these countries does not have a say in political issues of these countries.Now in Zimbabwe we have our own African churches who should give direction to this country .Now this so called HOCD is talking of leadership renewal and UDACIZA is part of that purporting to represent apostolic and zionist churches. Murikushandiswa hapana vapostori vakadaro.We shall always stand guided by several prophecies by great prophets like baba Johane, David Masuka,Samuel Mutendi,Johane Marange,St Luke Mataruka,Mutumwa Micho,Elijah Mugodhi just to mention but just a few vakashungurudzwa nevarungu nekuda kwekutungamirira machechi evatema. African churchesvneed to unite with and fight for our status as the Chaplaincy of this country

  5. wake up call to the ruling party.Musarasa machurch enyu evatema anomira nemi nyangwe zvooma. This HOCD need to be investigated

  6. mapostori hamuteedzerwe.. zvipatara hamudi, kuendesa vana kuzvikoro hamudi, bhaibheri racho hamudi futi… saka aa.. penyu chaipo tinotopashaya

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