Zimbabwe: Church closed down after its Pastor has been tortured by State militias,and so-called War Veterans
Josophat Amuli, an official of Churches in Bulawayo confirmed that a pastor of the Assembles of God Church has been tortured by state militias and War Vets. The Assembles of God Church in Dola in Bubi district has been closed down. The pastor is receiving treatment at a secret location.
Josephat said, "It is a cause of great concern that one church in the Inyathi area that falls under the Bubi constituency has been forced to close down. This is an infringement of our constitutional right to freedom of worship. "
A body of Churches, Churches in Bulawoyo (CB)mentioned above said, 'it was filled with victims of political violence fleeing their homes. CB will immediately open its doors so as to shelter the victims of harassment".
CB called for action in response to confirmed reports of widespread torture, beatings and harassment of community members.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) have warned that the situation is deteriorating into genocide and called for an international innervation to end political violence..
Zimbabwe is at the brink of genocide. Robert Mugabe of the ruling ZANU PF has lost 29 March 2008 presidential elections to Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC). Mugabe who doesn't want to leave power for the past 28 years has unleashed violence on all dissenters. In Bulawayo the youth militias are undergoing intensive training in preparation for more torturing, abduction and murder of opposition supporters ahead of the presidential election runoff.
"Talk of a run off is frightening as people are still waiting for the result of the Presidential elections," says Pastor Promise Manceda of Zimbabwe's Christian Alliance. "Worse still in the outskirts of Bulawayo, militia are reported to be undergoing intense training. Such a heavy presence and involvement of the military is having a traumatic affect on the population."
Karyn Beattie, Tearfund's said that, "We have heard that a regional meeting had to be cancelled because staff members are too afraid to leave their families. Fear and confusion are spreading across the country in this vacuum of uncertainty and threat,"
Basic commodities like food, water, clothes are no longer available to many people. Tearfund is feeding about 35 000 people through local Churches.
On Saturday 19 April 2008 3200 Anglican members of Mother's Union had gathered at St. Michael Church in Mbare, Harare were chased away by the riot police. The mothers had gathered from 7 am onward coming from distant places as far as Kariba, and had spent several hours praying and singing as is usually done on such a day.
One of the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Harare (CPCA) proclaimed, "I would like to express by profound shock at the way lawlessness is being perpetrated by some of our law enforcement agents, namely the police against innocent citizens who have not committed any crime but were merely gathering for prayer as usual."
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said, "My plea, really to the army and to the police, is very simple. Your job is not to prop up a government that actually lacks legitimacy, but to protect every citizen of Zimbabwe. And if Mugabe has lost the election, for heaven's sake don't prop him up," he told the media.
Dr. Santum said "As a Christian community we must all stand together with our brothers and sisters living under the tyranny of Mugabe and pray that they will find deliverance." Please if you would like to donate in cash or kind to Zimbabwean Churches or suffering people we will link you with Churches there.
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.' Hebrews 13:2
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