Churches in the Southern African region, have decided they too want to be part of the solution to Zimbabwe's crisis.

A five-day conference organized by the Christian Alliance, a coalition of churches, civil society and opposition groups in Zimbabwe, drew members of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, to Harare, to devise ways to effectively influence their governments and citizens, to pressure the government to reform.

President Mugabe has in the past accused some churches of being too political, and of backing the opposition.

One of the Christian Alliance leaders, Pastor Raymond Motsi, told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that the church groups will release a statement at the conclusion of their conference Friday, outlining their plans.

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