The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) has launched a code of ethics and conduct, which is expected to guide the operations and conduct of churches to curb the increase of abuse of office by the men of cloth.
The launch was held in Harare.
Cases of abuse of office by church leaders have been widely reported in the media with several church leaders being arraigned before the courts to answer to criminal charges.
In response, the EFZ has come up with a code of ethics and conduct in an effort to govern the operations of churches and possibly curb such vices.
“The code seeks to promote integrity. It seeks to build personal and corporate ethics which glorify God across all divides. It seeks to instill common values amongst the evangelical community and enhance unity of the church around agreed essentials,” said EFZ representative, Bishop Geoffrey Mkwananzi.
While in the past, church leaders were accepted without questions as moral leaders, that position is being questioned after prominent spiritual leaders were convicted in criminal courts.
The late apostolic sect leader, Godfrey Nzira was jailed after being convicted of rape while RMG End Time Message founder, Robert Martin Gumbura is serving his term at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
Recently, Ishmael Mufani Chokurongerwa, who led a Budiriro apostolic sect, was sentenced to five years in prison for inciting violence.
Another church pastor, Danmore Magorimbo is facing charges of rape.