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CAT-Zim SACMA launch Zimbabwe’s own version of USHAHIDI
Africa Crisis Management Agency
June 03, 2013
Crisis Management Agency (SACMA) and Christian Action Trust Zimbabwe
(CAT-Zim) have come together to launch a grassroots anchored peace
initiative ahead Zimbabwe’s watershed elections this year.
To lay the groundwork,
the organisations are training church pastors and spiritual leaders
in electoral processes and monitoring of political violence across
the country. They will also be responsible for escalating the incidences
with relevant authorities, making follow-ups on incidents reported.
A total of 200 church leaders comprising Pastors, Reverends, Apostles
and Bishops have so far been trained to date. On completion the
programme is expected to reach 5000 church leaders across Zimbabwe.
part of a broader group of organisations affiliated to the Zimbabwe
Council of Churches who have embarked on various strategies
to minimise violence and torture as part of our normal pastoral
work in Zimbabwe. This program seeks to compliment the efforts already
underway by three Zimbabwe main church organisations, The Catholic
Bishops Conference, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe
Council of Churches to address Zimbabwe’s perennial legacy
of violence before, during and after elections” said Reverend
Kadenge, chairman of CAT-Zim.
Last month the
Zimbabwe Council of Churches and CCJP launched a program aimed at
bringing peace in the country and urged churches to pursue peace
initiatives in view of the pending elections.
Speaking after the Pastors training in Mutare on Monday the 3rd
of June, SACMA Zimbabwe Coordinator Mr Tichanzii Gandanga said:
in partnership with CAT-Zim is training pastors in electoral processes
and monitoring of political violence, equipping them with various
skills like terrain scanning, event diarising, incident recording
as well as peace building. The initiative aims to finally set up
a Zimbabwean own version of Ushahidi where incidences of violence
are fed onto an online database in real time with church leaders
as Community focal persons in scanning, detecting, verifying and
feeding our call centre”
The Mutare workshop
was attended by over 40 pastors from different denominations.
When asked to
comment about the training Reverend Chindewere of Kingdom Faith
Ministries Church said,
our job is to shepherd all people and to bring and maintain peace;
as such this training will go a long way in helping to make the
church a safety sanctuary to all peoples without regard to political
bracing for harmonised
elections this year as the Government
of National Unity sees its mandate brought about by the SADC
Political Agreement comes to an end in June. Violence always
rears its ugly head during and after election with allegations of
partisan policing levelled against Zimbabwe Republic Police.
remains polarised and the likelihood of a violent poll is high given
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