Church leaders meet Tsvangirai

HARARE – Opposition Movement for Democratic Change president, Morgan Tsvangirai, met church leaders recently to seek an end to the country’s worsening economic and political crisis.

The 20 church leaders, led by Bishop Trevor Manhanga, have since met with Zanu (PF)’s Robe

rt Mugabe over the crisis.

The MDC is understood to have presented its Road Map document to the churches and talked about the need for a new Constitution to pave way for free and fair elections in the country.

The government, under siege since the contested 2002 presidential election, is under considerable pressure to normalise things in the country, with Mugabe leading the nation in prayer last week, and asking the church in the process to help in rebuilding the country’s tattered economy.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper quoted Manhanga as saying the church leaders would continue with their consultations, leading eventually to the development of a National Vision document pointing out the areas that need to be agreed on by all political parties to pave the way forward.

“In the document, we will be saying, as the church, this is the vision we have for the country and we will present it to the Head of State. We held a useful meeting with Mr Tsvangirai. We wanted to hear his position on a wide range of issues and he explained to us what he thinks should be done,” said Bishop Manhanga.

“At this stage, we cannot give the finer details of our consultations but what I can say is that these are consultations to find the position of all stakeholders on a number of issues affecting the country.” – ZimOnline

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