Harare- Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called the nation to a national day of prayer as the country goes through a difficult period since he took over Presidency in 2017.
Mnangagwa on Friday pronounced Monday 15 June 2020 a national day of prayer and fasting as he sought divine intervention in the fight against the Coronavirus and a deteriorating economy.
However, there were mixed reactions to the national day of prayer with citizens expressing disappointment in the Mnangagwa led administration.
“Fasting for what? How can we be fasting yet we are hungry? Let the leaders fast because they are the ones with filled stomachs. Am not fasting because Zimbabwe fasts every day.” said Tapiwa Muchairi of Harare
Zenzele Ndebele a Bulawayo based journalist writing on microblogging twitter called on perpetrators of the Gukurahundi massacres to take the opportunity and apologise.
“Today on this day of National Prayer, I pray that those responsible for the Gukurahundi Genocide be humble enough to apologise, allow the survivors to rebury their loved ones, and get ID documents.” wrote Zenzele
Former Minister of State in the office of the Prime Minister and MDC Alliance member Jameson Timba described the day as a command prayer day
“Today is National Command Prayer day. In defiance of anything that is prefixed by “Command” explicitly or implicitly lets dedicate the day to a day of reinforcing our desire and commitment to free ourselves from this suffocating oppression. We can’t breathe” said Timba
The national day of prayer has been viewed as a way of diverting attention from the real issues that the country is grappling with.
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