LUTHERAN World Federation’s General Secretary, Rev Dr. Martin Junge has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to prioritise dialogue in the face of a worsening economic turmoil which has pushed most Zimbabweans into the poverty bracket.
The renowned clergyman called on Government to include women and youth in order to promote and development highlighting the majority of the population who are women constituting 52 percent while 60 percent of the population were youths bear the brunt of social ills.
He emphasized that dialogue brings peace while peace promotes development.
“For this reason in order for the Government to develop they should consider women and youths because these are the majority,” he said.
Rev Junge was invited to Zimbabwe by Lutheran Presiding Bishop Chemistry Find.
The Secretary General paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa as he concluded an Ecumenical Solidarity to encourage and support the churches and people of Zimbabwe.
He also visited Bulawayo and Harare meeting with churches, ecumenical partners, communities and national authorities.
The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of Christian churches of the Lutheran tradition.
Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 148 member churches in 99 counties around the world representing more than 75.5 million Christians.
His remarks come at time when Zimbabwe is going through the worst economic crisis with inflation reaching a ten year high amid devastating effects of two successive dry spells which have left more than half the population in dire need of food aid.
The currency reforms implemented by the new administration have failed to alleviate the plight of ordinary citizens who have endured a prolonged period of earning inflation eroded salaries.
The main political parties however remain complacent to seriously engage each other prompting political analysts to speculate that Zimbabwe could be slowly heading for turmoil.