Zimbabwe’s priests tell Mugabe to go

Zimbabweans worship, during an anti immigrant attack prayer session at the Trinity Methodist church in Harare. © Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPA

Zimbabwe's prominent Christian leaders have joined a growing chorus of influential voices calling for the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, warning that the country could slide into "total collapse" if he continues to rule.

Five church-based groups issued a joint statement urging the government to acknowledge that the country needs an « extraordinary collective response to rescue [it] from total collapse ».

Among the signatories to the statement are Bishop Ancelimo Magaya’s Zimbabwe Divine Destiny, Zimbabwe Christian Alliance, Christian Voice, Zimbabwe Pastors’ Fellowship and Prayer Network Zimbabwe. Leaders are expected to take to the streets of Harare on Thursday to demonstrate, according to Zimbabwean outlet News Day.

Pressure is growing on Mugabe, 92, to step down. Violent protests against his rule are a regular occurrence, with demonstrators uniting around #ThisFlag on social media to condemn high unemployment, acute cash shortages and corruption.

Read the full article at The Africa Report, a publication of Groupe Jeune Afrique.

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