Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) in a statement today, expressed how they are now losing confidence in President Mnangagwa’s national reform trajectory amid deteriorating human security issues. The clerics were responding to Magombeyi’s abduction case which has put the country’s government hospitals at a standstill as they have withdrawn their services in solidarity with the missing doctor;
In a statement published by Newsday the Clerics said:
The Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) writes this pastoral message to the President as head of government and to all the citizens of Zimbabwe seeking a lasting solution to the deteriorating human security situation in the context of a deepening economic crisis,
Church leaders are learning with deep concern the deteriorating human security situation, especially as demonstrated by at least 20 reports of abductions. This situation is deeply worrying because none of the reported cases of abduction and torture have been successfully investigated and prosecuted
The church leaders would like to highlight the lack of confidence in the current national economic reform trajectory and the absence of a meaningful consultative process to ameliorate it
Unfortunately, the growing pessimism is not only shared by international economists, but also by respected local economists. The church leaders are concerned that low public confidence in the context of fragile security sector is a recipe for national crisis
The clerics reportedly urged the government to respect people’s God-given and constitutionally guaranteed right to life.