Call for prayer and action for all Zimbabweans
January 18, 2012 by Webmaster
By Chinofunga Ndoga and Tendai Gakanje
It is imperative that the Christians unite in prayer and action to ensure that the long suffering people of Zimbabwe are freed from tyranny which has oppressed and afflicted them for the past 31 years under Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF political party.
There is need now more than ever to mobilise our congregations and denominations to earnestly intercede for Christians who are suffering in Zimbabwe. Some church buildings have been demolished and others illegally occupied. Gatherings have been violently dispersed by Riot Police. The Anglican cathedral has been desecrated by Mugabe’s renegade priest Bishop Nobert Kunonga and his followers. A group of nearly 80 clergymen from the Church Province of Central Africa (CPCA) were evicted from Peterhouse High School in Marondera on Tuesday 3 January 2012, by police who insisted they did not seek permission to gather for their annual prayer retreat .Pastors praying for peace in Zimbabwe have been arrested for ‘subversive prayers’. Civilians and human rights activists continue to be beaten indiscriminately in the streets. Lawyers and advocates continue to be arrested and dragged out of their chambers. The sick are systematically denied medical help. The children are denied a decent education by the lawless regime of Robert Mugabe who willy-nilly disrupts lessons for political expedience. Prisoners die of hunger awaiting trial. Enough is enough! Mugabe and his ZANU PF mafia should relinquish office and be replaced by a democratically elected government by the people and for the people.
We need to pray and act now to ensure that Zimbabweans attain the freedom that they have been praying and working for these many years. Mugabe’s Marxist regime destroyed the rule of law and devastated the economy with record inflation outside a war zone. In our prayers we should prioritise praying for the restoration of respect for the sanctity of life, property rights and for the rule of law.
We should pray that the new government should be democratically elected in a free and fair election. We should pray for the right to hold dual citizenship, e-balloting and postal balloting this coming election for every Zimbabwean dotted around the globe. We as Christians should impress upon the new political set up to implement Biblical principles of restorative justice, restitution to those defrauded and looted by ZANU PF, restoration of property to those who were unjustly deprived of their homes and properties through operation Murambatsvina and its phase 2 currently ongoing as well as the continued chaotic land theft disguised as reform. The-would -be government should promote free enterprise and honest money. National resources should not be channelled towards individual enrichment like what ZANU PF is doing with the proceeds of Marange Diamond mines. “Thou shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). The principle of private ownership of property should be established. Institutional envy and theft by conversion practice of ZANU PF should be made criminal and punishable by law. “Thou shall not covet thy neighbour goods” (Exodus 20:17)
ZANU PF Indigenisation of companies Act and free-for-all attitude is legalised theft of wealth created by hard work, business acumen and ingenuity of others. As Christians, we should pray that this never see the light of day rather we should pray for free enterprise, diligent hard work, honesty, thrift, honest money and Christian ethic in fiscal behaviour. “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends up in slave labour” (Proverbs 12:24)
Together yes we can!! Let us all pray and hope for an imminent departure of Mugabe, his cronies and ZANU PF party from the epicentre of political, social and economic power in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is crying for urgent help and change. She needs to heal her wounds, feed and nurture her hungry children. Time for real and meaningful changes is here and now.