Leaders of indigenous churches will resist any moves by politicians to bring a foreign mediator as Zimbabweans are capable of resolving their own challenges, Zion Christian Church’s Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi has told the ongoing 2019/2020 National Thanksgiving and Dedication Service attended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo today.
The service was being held under the theme: “Counting our Blessings”.
“Anything that is not generated by and from this country will be resisted by indigenous Churches,” said Bishop Mutendi while addressing the issue of foreign-imposed solutions that purport to resolve Zimbabwe’s challenges.
Bishop Mutendi, who also leads the Inter-Denominational Council of Churches, said POLAD is the only feasible platform for national dialogue and all political leaders must talk under its ambit.
He described parties that have shunned the POLAD, in particular the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC, as lost sheep that must be found and brought under the Political Actors Dialogue platform which President Mnangagwa initiated in May this year.
“The Good Shepherd has to go all the way and find the lost sheep. The sheep lost from POLAD must be found by all means,” he said, urging President Mnangagwa to ensure all political players are brought to the table.
About 18 leaders from last year’s harmonised elections are under the POLAD.
Meanwhile, founder of Family of God Church, Reverend Andrew Wutaunashe said opposition leaders, particularly MDC leader Mr Nelson Chamisa, should come together with national leaders for their voices to count.
Wutawunashe recently said Chamisa must recognise and respect President Mnangagwa as the elected leader of Zimbabwe.
“We would like to emphasise as the Church that we seek dialogue that begins from the recognition that our State, our nation of Zimbabwe and all its institutions must be preserved and respected.
“To this end, we as the indigenous (church) leaders, we are also saying there cannot be genuine dialogue based on trying to determine whether or not you are the President of Zimbabwe; you are the President of Zimbabwe.”
President Emmerson Mnangagwa headlined the event at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo. Also in attendance was Vice President Kembo Mohadi and several Government Ministers.
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– Zim Voice