Chamisa’s seven days of prayer kicks off


The seven days of prayer which were declared by the Movement for Democratic Change kicked off today with party leader Nelson Chamisa asking his supporters to pray for forgiveness as a nation.

“DAY 1/7 CONFESSING OUR SINS ..As we begin a week of prayer today we confess our sins and pray for forgiveness as a nation. Wherever you are, please take time to pray for peace, happiness and freedom in Zimbabwe. 1 John 1:8-9,” Chamisa, who was 529 721 followers, tweeted today.

The verses read: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Chamisa said last week that the seven days of prayer were a prelude to undertaking “crucial and decisive next steps”.

He did not specify the next steps but they could include mass demonstrations which his supporters have been clamouring for.

Observers say after several people were killed by the security forces in the last two demonstrations people night not be willing to go for demonstrations but might prefer to stay-away.

This could have more impact in terms of a complete shut-down but might not necessarily translate into support for the MDC as people might simply stay at home because of the transport cost as happened in 2003 when the MDC called for what it called the “final push”.

Epworth legislator Earthrage Kureva said the party was also working on impeaching President Emmerson Mnangagwa and was working with some members of Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

While there may be a lot of disgruntled legislators with links to the G40 faction who feel insecure under the present administration, supporting impeachment is very risky because there are still four more years to go for the current Parliament.

Under the constitution the party can recall the legislators and they will all lose their jobs.

This is a risk very few may be prepared to take as experience has so far shown most ZANU-PF politicians that there is no life outside the party as some of those considered well off have gone broke only months after leaving or being expelled from the party.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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