Christian groups march against corruption and political violence

BIC church in Bulawayo

By Tererai Karimakwenda
13 December 2012

Bulawayo was the venue for a symbolic march Thursday, organised by Christian groups in Matabeleland province, in an effort to highlight the problem of corruption in Zimbabwe and the desire for peaceful elections next year.

Reverend Useni Sibanda from the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) told SW Radio Africa that the march was “well-attended”, with about 400 people taking part in the procession from City Hall to the Brothers in Christ Church.

Sibanda said they were escorted by the police, which gave them security and hope for more peaceful future events. The key government officials that had been invited also turned up for discussions on other constitutional issues.

Sibanda said their panel of guests included the Minister for Small Enterprises, Gordon Moyo and Minister Sekai Holland from the Organ for National Healing. A session was also held with officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

“They were very concerned, especially with the issue of fear, that most people would be too afraid to participate even in the referendum. ZEC assured us that they were dealing with the issue of violence and so did the organ on healing.

Sibanda said most importantly, clergy from many remote rural districts took part in the discussions, and will be able to bring crucial information back to their parishes. He added: “Most of the pastors came and at least one third were from rural areas. They came from Binga, Lupane, Beitbridge, Bubi and Hwange.”

The march and discussions were part of a broader church mission to influence specific issues in the new constitution being drafted by the unity government.

Sibanda said the churches will continue to engage with government to make sure that the issues that affect people’s daily lives are addressed.

2 Responsesto “Christian groups march against corruption and political violence”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    When people grow up in a society where for centuries have been taught that only foreign capital will bring them salvation, it is difficult for them to accept the enormous social and economic changes going on in their country at the present moment. Quite frankly, the black people of this country are now owning and controlling their own God given resources and this has not being acceptable to people who for centuries have never seen any black man creating wealth for themselves and the country in the process. According to such people, any benefits or wealth accruing to the indigenous people are viewed with suspicion and interpreted as corruption. It is no wonder, 32 years after the country attained independence, our economy is largely controlled by foreigners while the majority have nothing. Zimbabweans are naturally very jealousy people and it is a fact known world over. We are a people who do not want to grow up, a people who still harbor the slave and colonial mentality 32 years after independence. How pathetic!!!!!!!!!!

    • Morgan Tsvangirai says:

      And just to add that when Cecil John Rhodes came to Zimbabwe, the biggest weapon he used to control the people and their mineral resources was the Holy Bible. Our people we told to suffer here on earth in order to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven while Rhodes and his henchmen exploited our mineral resources which made him the richest man on the African continent while our people had nothing. Missionaries who came to the country after colonialism and today are doing the same and that is dividing our people to enable foreign capital to take root in the country. History is repeating itself in present Zimbabwe. People should not be fooled in this 21st century by any church organisation that have sprouted or mushroomed in Zimbabwe just to make money at the expense of the indigenous people of this country.