Churches pray for unity govt

bob_tsvangiraiBULAWAYO - An interdenominational prayer service was held here at the weekend to ask for Divine intervention to save the fledging coalition government from collapse. (Picture: Robert Mugabe & Morgan Tsvangirai)

The unity government formed in February by President Robert Mugabe and MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is teetering on the brink of collapse over failure to implement outstanding issues encompassed in the power sharing deal signed last year.

Mugabe is blamed for continuing to cling to power and refusing to implement many of the terms of the agreement. As a result, the MDC has embarked on a programme to consult its supporters on whether the party should remain in the inclusive government or pull out.

But Useni Sibanda, the National Director of the Christian Alliance, a coalition church denominations, said the service was held to pray for the survival of the unity government because the implications of an MDC pullout are too ghastly to contemplate.

Churches are concerned about any talk of a collapse. Our message to the political leaders is that they should iron out any differences they have, rather than let this government collapse. Zimbabweans have suffered too much and the coalition government provided some relief,” said Sibanda.

The prayer meeting was attended by Sipepa Nkomo, the Water Resources Minister, and parliamentarians and senators, as well as Information Minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Zanu( PF) politicians from the region.

Themes highlighted included national healing, reconciliation and restoration, media reform and the success of the constitution-making process. There were also supplications for government officials to be dedicated to their work and for unity among government ministers regardless of their political allegiances.

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