By Staff Reporter
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has issued an impassioned plea to the country’s large Christian community to register and take part in next year’s harmonised elections.
Tsvangirai, presidential candidate for the country’s main opposition coalition, made the appeal in a letter he directed at the local church.
“I am kindly appealing to all pastors and members of the clergy in our Christian faith and the broader church fraternity to mobilise the congregants to register to vote,” he said.
The former Prime Minister went biblical as he implored Christians to invest in a God-fearing leadership.
“Fellow Christians, our country is on the crossroads and let us all register to vote for a God-fearing government (Psalms 127:1) that can be trusted win rebuilding a democratic united and prosperous nation.
“The national hope lies in the church to assist in shepherding our beloved country to new dispensation.”
Tsvangirai added: “We hold the conviction that God loves Zimbabwe and we look to a bright future in hope and faith.
“Let us pray and urge all congregants to register and vote in the next election. Nothing is impossible because the Lord we serve is a God of eternal goodness and mercy.”
Zimbabwe’s church has largely refrained from taking an active role in national political affairs for unknown reasons.
Crisis-weary locals, similarly, look to have abandoned the political route as a possible solution to their myriad problems and have turned to local prophets for miracles.
But the church has seen brave individuals within its ranks stand up to challenge what they feel was an unjust system under decades of Zanu PF rule.
Prominent among these are Harare pastor Evan Mawarire of This Generation Church, Remnant Church’s Pastor Patrick Mugadza and Bishop Ancelimo Magaya of Devine Destiny Network.
However, President Mugabe has not been without his own backers within the country’s broad Christian faith.
Members of the local clergy who have fought in his corner include Destiny of Africa Network’s Reverend Obadiah Msindo; Pentecostal Assemblies leader, Bishop Trevor Manhanga and the late Madzibaba Godfrey Nzira of the Johane Masowe WeChishanu Apostolic Church.