A prayer from Zimbabwe (slightly adapted)
Lord God, You are a God not of the dead but of the living. We give thanks that you send you’re only Son to give us life. In the midst of wealth we are crushed by poverty, and while we are offered Christ-life in all its fullness, we are surrounded by disease, death and destruction. We are tempted to despair, and yet keep hoping, knowing that you care. At times we weep silent tears, and cry out with deep emotion. We come to you, our only hope and refuge. Thank you for the gift of laughter, even when the going is tough. With you, O Lord, we may be troubled but not destroyed.
There is concern over the health of President Mugabe and the number of trips abroad he is making. There has been rumour that the government could pass a law to stop discussion on both the succession issue and Mugabe’s health. This has been viewed in many quarters as an indication there is concern in the ruling party that their leader’s health is failing. This concern is growing at a time when the economy in the country is collapsing. His protracted absence is exacerbating the country’s problems as, whilst he is away, key policy issues are not discussed.
In Western countries the health of the leader is on official record. If the leader dies or is incapacitated there are rules and systems in place to assure the smooth running of the country. Most African countries, including Zimbabwe, lack that.