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Statement on the arrest of Christian Alliance leaders in Kadoma
in Zimbabwe Coalition
On Friday 26
January 2007, the state agents of the Government of Zimbabwe rounded
up 40 church men, women and youths who had gathered in a church
in the small town of Kadoma about 300km South West of Harare. The
40 Christians had gathered to launch the Christian Alliance in Kadoma.
After rounding up the 40, the state agents isolated 7 of the members
who and incarcerated them. As we issue this statement, the 7 are
still in incarceration in Kadoma and this office has not yet established
what charges the state intends to prefer against the Christians.
From experience, the state will usually use the draconian Public
Order and Security Act which prohibits the free assembly of
Zimbabweans to gather, discuss, and map ways of arresting the deteriorating
socio-economic and political of Zimbabwe.
Alliance is a grouping of likeminded Christians leaders in Zimbabwe,
both lay and ordained, who believe that God has called them to play
a role in the resolution of the crisis in Zimbabwe. The Alliance
was formed in 2005 and was officially launched at the Anglican Cathedral
in Bulawayo. The Alliance has taken a lead in mobilizing pro-democracy
forces in Zimbabwe to act as one in confronting the Pharaoh like
regime of Robert Mugabe through the Save Zimbabwe Campaign. The
Alliance sees the government of Zimbabwe as a manifestation of evil
and sin, which needs to be confronted in the manner Biblical Pharaoh,
was confronted. They have vowed to mobilize all Zimbabweans to repentance,
salvation and see Zimbabwe being restored to the glory of God.
incarceration of the 7 members of the Christian Alliance, who include
Jonah Gokova of the Ecumenical Support Service, Ray Motsi of the
Baptist Church in Bulawayo, the blind Pastor Magaya of the Zimbabwe
National Pastors Conference, Pastor Mugabe and three others is intended
to send shock waves to the Christian community which of recent times
has become critical of the status quo in Zimbabwe. Information received
this afternoon was that the Christians are in good spirits, praying
and praising God. They know this could mean an end their lives,
but they have no doubt in their minds of the promise of the Resurrection
and the Gospel imperatives and its Kingdom values.
As Crisis in
Zimbabwe Coalition, we condemn the arrest of pastors and Christian
leaders in their churches. We condemn the Government of Zimbabwe
for criminalizing its citizens simply because they see things differently
from the Government’s point of view. We have no doubt that the government
of Zimbabwe is aware of its lack of popularity, hence its resolve
to cow the Church to its side and to use apartheid tactics in silencing
the people. We urge the Christians to stand firm in their faith
that God cannot be silenced.
We call upon
the Christians in Southern Africa to pray for the Christians who
are persecuted daily in Zimbabwe, and that they call upon the government
of Zimbabwe to release those arrested without further delay. We
call upon the Church worldwide to speak and act as called by their
faith when it comes to evil governments.
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