The Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival, MDC president Nelson Chamisa to engage each other in inclusive dialogue to end the deepening national division.
In a statement released following a meeting of the clerics in Chinhoyi on Thursday, ZHOCD said:
The church leaders also reflected on the growing tensions and threats of violence following the call for a mass demonstration on the 16th of August 2019 by the MDC.
The church leaders are deeply worried by the invocation in some quarters of the violence of August 2018 and January 2019 to sow fear and deepen political polarisation amongst our people.
To this end, church leaders do hereby exhort His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the leader of the MDC, Advocate Nelson Chamisa to explore the possibility of accelerating much-needed dialogue in this time of deepening national division and despair.
The church leaders reiterated their call for an inclusive comprehensive national dialogue to help the people of Zimbabwe heal from past hurts, address urgently pressing national challenges and re-imagine a shared future of a united, just, peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe.
The MDC has called for streets protests n Harare this Friday, and Bulawayo and Gweru on Monday and Tuesday next week respectively to push the government to deal urgently with the economic rot.
The opposition party intends to use the protests to push Mnangagwa to engage Chamisa for the formation of a transitional authority to lead the country ahead of credible elections in the near future.
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