ECM Denounces Zimbabwe Crackdown, Joins Sister Assembly in "Solidarity" Prayer
Heads of the Catholic Church in Malawi under the banner Episcopal Conference of Malawi ECM, have joined their sister Assembly the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference in solidarity to denounce the social-economic ills facing Zimbabweans amid the political tension and crisis in the country.
In a letter to the president of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference Most Rev. Robert Ndhlovu which Zodiak has seen, the eight Malawian Bishops who form the ECM have joined their counterparts to pray against what they call a continued violation of Human Dignity.
For Months, the Zimbabwean government has been using state security forces to crack down on dissenting views.
Most Reverend Thomas Msusa president of ECM who’s also Archbishop for Blantyre Diocese acknowledged writing the sister Assembly the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference president Most Rev. Robert Ndhlovu.
ECM has Right Reverend Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese, Tarsizio Ziyaye, Peter Musikwa, Montfort Sitima, George Tambala, John Ryan, and John Chithonje of Dedza.
The move by the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, comes at a time when regional leaders of the SADC block, skirted around the issue of Zimbabwe during their 40th annual summit held virtually.
President Lazarus Chakwera who assumes chairmanship of SADC in August next year said he would use diplomatic channels to address the crackdown on human rights in the country, through his Press Secretary Brian Banda.
International and Local human rights bodies such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition have also denounced the continued crackdown by security agencies on Journalists, Human Rights Defenders, Opposition Political figures and ordinary citizens in Zimbabwe.