Southern African church leaders, concluding a week-long conference in Harare, passed a resolution, urging the government to include them in the mediation talks between the ruling party and the opposition, and also as regional observers in next year?s elections.

The leaders from the Christian Alliance, Inter Regional Meeting of Bishops in Southern Africa, the Ecumenical Documentation and Information for Eastern and Southern Africa, and other churches, said they have an equal stake in the country?s future.

Christian Alliance member Pastor Patson Nheta, tells Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that church leaders are worried about the escalating crisis in the country and have pledged to take an active role in persuading their governments to act on the conflict.

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