Harare, 11 July, 2020 / 10:44 pm (ACI Africa).
Church leaders from various Christian denominations under the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) have planned “a closed-door meeting” with “leaders of political parties” at the beginning of next week to deliberate on challenges bedeviling the Southern African nation, key among them, the economic collapse and the political stalemate.
According to a local media report, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 13 and plans for the convention are “at an advanced stage.”
Political parties invited to the meeting submitted their conditions for participation, the Secretary General of ZCC, Kenneth Mtata, has been quoted as saying, expressing optimism about the gathering.
“We are really grateful for the positive response we are receiving from political parties through the bilateral preparatory meetings,” Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo News24 quoted ZCC Secretary General as saying Friday, July 10.
According to Mtata’s explanation to local media, those at the helm of the various Christian denominations in Zimbabwe “wanted to bring together all political parties, including protagonists President Emerson Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF) and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to dialogue as part of efforts to end the political and economic crisis in the country.”