Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is sending a delegation to Zimbabwe later this year to build closer relations with its members there who, like other church and civil society groups, are enduring harsh circumstances in the crisis-ridden country.
Eight Zimbabwean church leaders have been released on bail after being detained for allegedly holding an illegal political meeting in a church on the evening of 26 January 2007, said officials siad today.
Over the weekend Zimbabwean police arrested nine church leaders, including a blind pastor, for allegedly holding a meeting in Kadoma without first seeking approval from the police - report human rights activists in Zimbabwe. They also confiscated nonviolence manuals
‚ÄúThe challenges facing our nation do not seem to want to go away,‚Äù Danisa Ndlovu, Bishop of the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe, told Mennonite World Conference officers and executive staff at a California, USA, meeting earlier this month (January 2007). ‚ÄúEach day seems to bring more hardships.‚Äù
With UN secretary general Kofi Annan due to visit Zimbabwe this week to assess the impact of President Robert Mugabe's bulldozing of the property of the urban poor, which has caused international outrage, church agencies inside the country are planning a widespread relief programme.