The leader of the Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD) church, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, on Tuesday urged President Robert Mugabe to resign over the reported harassment, abduction and torture of innocent citizens by state security agents.
Addressing a press conference in Harare as part of marking the United Nations Day Against Torture, Magaya said it was shocking that Zimbabwe had not ratified the Convention on torture, nor did it recognise the day despite being a member of the United Nations.
“If I was given five minutes or less to talk to President Mugabe, I would say, Your Excellency Sir, you have done very well in leading Zimbabwe into liberation and independence. There are different gifts that are peculiar to each ethos and dispensation. God has endowed you with the gifting of fighting and dismantling (Ian) Smith’s regime, but we are in a Solomonic era of building, we are long past the Davidic era of fighting. We are now in the Solomonic era of building.
Your anointing is fighting, now it is development and building and you need not to eat into your legacy’.
He added “The Lord will require that you know when to rest,” .
Churches, he said, had remained quiet in the face of atrocities against citizens by the government, mostly because they were afraid, however, he added that a few prophetic voices were raising consciousness and needed to be harnessed so that the church could speak with more power.
“I don’t also want to rule out the fact that some of us within the church have received certain gifts, possibly from the government, possibly in the form of land and so on. And I have always said that a dog with bones in its mouth can never bark,” he said.