THE Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHCD) says President Robert Mugabe should resign and allow new leadership to take over if the country is to recover from the current economic turmoil.
In a communiqué entitled The Zimbabwe We Want – Taking the Process Forward, ZHCD said leadership renewal is crucial for the future of the country.
“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.”
The coalition of Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches and Union for the Development of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe says they are worried with political intolerance in the country.
“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,” said ZHCD.
The church said the current government is reluctant to address economic issues which are affecting the majority.
“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.