13 March 2017, MASVINGO - Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD) leader Bishop Ancelmo Magaya has criticised Christians for being lethargic in their response to socio-political injustices, urging the church to rise up and confront the problems.
Magaya was in Masvingo recently where he met with leaders from different denominations, encouraging them to take a leading role in fighting bad political leadership.
"The church should play an active role in the politics of the country. A lot of injustices have been happening but the church has chosen to ignore all that.
"It is high time the church rises to be counted. We cannot let our leaders get away with corruption while we preach to the same people getting robbed every day," Bishop Magaya said.
He expressed concerned over the political turmoil in the country and singled out the arrest of Pastor Patrick Mugadza for allegedly undermining the authority of the President as uncalled for.
Pastor Mugadza was arrested weeks ago after 'prophesying that President Robert Mugabe will die on October 17, 2017.
"Where is the church when all this is happening? We have allowed the government to supress the will of the people and crush dissent with brute force.
"Pastor Mugadza is languishing in prison for prophesying that President Mugabe will die at a particular date. Everyone will die one day so why make a big deal out of it.
"If they have a genuine case against him, why not prosecute him? The case is failing to take off because Mugadza has no case to answer," said Magaya.
Christian Voice International Zimbabwe (CVI-Z) leader Pastor Tapfumaneyi Zenda added his voice saying the church should play a leading role in the governance of the country.
"Most churches still need enlightenment on their roles in the country. We cannot preach peace when the country is in turmoil. First we have to address the turmoil then preach peace," said Pastor Zenda.local