CHURCH leaders in Manicaland province have added their voice in denouncing the sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and its allies.
SADC countries will join Zimbabwe on October 25 for the Anti-Sanctions Day which comes at a time the UN Special Rapporteur, Alena Douhan is in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of the illegal economic embargo.
Various sectors including religious organisations have since amplified calls for the lifting of sanctions with the church urging Zimbabweans’ to act on their faith for a prosperous nation by denouncing the embargo.
“The sanctions have suffocated the country. Contrary to claims that they are targeted, what we are witnessing is misery and poverty among the generality of Zimbabweans. The church has to take a united position and become part of solutions to these challenges. We need to love our country and its people,” said Pastor Elizabeth Matsenga of the Family Covenant.
“Let us pray for Zimbabwe, let us love our Zimbabwe. There is a need to pray for sanctions to be removed. We are also praying for the end of COVID-19. We love our country, our people and our leaders.
“The responsibility of the church and Christians is to pray for the country. If we pray for the country and it is leadership it is we who benefit. We condemn sanctions as they affect everyone.”
Christian denominations from Manicaland province also converged this Sunday for a church service to pray for the removal of sanctions.
“This is a group of intercessors who pray for the country. We have church leaders and congregants from different churches that include Roman Catholic, Anglican, AFM, Kutenda Kwavapostori and many more.
“We are praying for the country to see the sanctions being removed and to see the coronavirus being controlled. We are also praying against cyclones such as Idai.”
In solidarity with Zimbabwe, SADC leaders declared the 25th of October as an anti-sanctions day after noting the impact of the sanctions on the economic growth of the country and well being of its people.