Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
INDIGENOUS churches have condemned demonstrations planned by MDC-Alliance and a section of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
The demonstrations are designed to unconstitutionally unseat a democratically elected Government.
Speaking during the ordaining of bishops of seven different indigenous apostolic churches, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) executive moderator, Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said indigenous churches will not support the mass protests planned against Government.
He said it was incumbent upon Zimbabweans to build their own nation and support the Government of the day.
Archbishop Ndanga organisers of the demonstrations clearly do not have the people at heart as they want them to engage in acts of violence, which would trigger a normal response from security agencies to save other citizens and property.
“We should help Government run the country. What people do not understand is that if a country fails it does so collectively. We fail collectively; it’s not about party A or party B failing,” he said.
“As ACCZ, we are calling upon all members of Apostolic and Zion churches in the country to support Government through its national events.
“There are people who just want the position of Presidency and they are misleading people because they have selfish motives. We are always in an election mode. We need to unite.”
Archbishop Ndanga said the nation should speak with one language as happened in the Book of Acts.
“We should not suffer because people so and so wants to be President. This is retrogressive . . . we need to consider people because you can’t let people suffer simply because you want the next person to fail,” he said.
Archbishop Ndanga said sanctions have had adverse effects on the economy and the ordinary man, and called on political parties and NGOs to stop lobbying for them.
“Let us do away with sanctions. We want sanctions to be removed. We should change the peoples’ mind set so that when we say sanctions must go, we are speaking one language not to mobilise people to march.
“We need to change our mind sets from the top of the politicians to the last man. We are launching the “African Mindset Changing” movement where we are targeting everyone but mostly our churches,” he said.