The MDC-T, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, say that Churches in Zimbabwe have ceased to be places of worship but, instead, are places of torture.

Speaking after the party’s National Executive Committee met in Harare on Wednesday, the party’s spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said, “Churches have ceased to be a place of worship and spiritual solitude but have become havens of political patronage and violence. The Anglican Church community has, since 2007, been traumatised as the police and Zanu-PF side with a group loyal to renegade Bishop Nolbert Kunonga to destabilise parishes and ordinary people.”

Mwonzora added that, “Zimbabweans yearn for their freedom and dignity. As such, the National Executive Committee expressed its displeasure with the current form of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill because they seek to curtail, not to extend, the people’s freedoms.”