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Three voices of hope from Zimbabwe

By Claus Grue


In November last year the 37-year rule of President Robert Mugabe came to an end. Two months later, the mood among Zimbabweans can be described as cautiously optimistic and there is a sense of hope for a better future. General elections are scheduled in July, which will determine the political direction of this once prosperous country.

Last week, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) gathered church leaders, communicators and others in Harare for a three-day communications workshop. WCC Weekly took the opportunity to ask three participants about the mood of the people, the role of the churches and their hopes for the future:

Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Bulawayo:

”A mixed mood of hope and anxiety prevails. Hope, because a 37-year hold of power has ended and anxiety about whether the change will be felt on the ground in people’s day-to-day life. Hope is emotional and psychological, while anxiety is about practical things”.

”Christians need to infiltrate into all departments and aspects of governing, so that they continue to be the salt and light in those areas. The church should be the watchdog of government operations and hold it accountable for the human rights

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