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October 26, 2007
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In Zimbabwe we have now
reached a crossroads due to recent political events. Zimbabwe Christian
Alliance is grateful for the role we have played so far in obeying
God’s command to the church to defend the cause of the weak
and fatherless, maintain the rights of the weak and oppressed, and
rescue the weak and needy and to deliver them from the hand of the
wicked. Psalm 82: 1-4.
In this we saw
it fit to join hands with civil society and political parties whose
goals were the same. We thus gave birth to the Save Zimbabwe Campaign
which we chair and coordinate in bringing about a peaceful solution
the crisis in Zimbabwe. As we all know the activities of the campaign
led to the SADC initiative on Zimbabwe and the series of events
which led to the passing of Constitution
Amendment No. 18.
We were however, disappointed
by the total exclusion of civil society and churches from the recent
negotiations about the future of Zimbabwe. We also found the secrecy
in which the whole process is shrouded to be undemocratic and therefore
Recently we learnt through
the press that the opposition had voted with ZANU PF to bring the
18th constitutional amendment into law. We fond this unacceptable
since and Save Zimbabwe Campaign partners agreed that we would not
participate in elections before there was a new people driven Constitution.
Civil society has been united in this.
With the lessons learnt
from the history of this country, it is advisable at this point
that we proceed with caution before we accept ant outcomes from
the negotiations. We first must be fully informed of the content
and the scope of the negotiations. We must insist that there be
transparency in all this. In the light of the changed political
circumstances we also need to pause and review our relationship
with our political party partners.
As Christian Alliance
we believe that a people centred solution to the Zimbabwe crisis
must be inclusive , work towards a people driven constitutional
reform process and create a condusive atmosphere for free and fair
elections. Post conflict solutions must also include restorative
justice issues that will bring a healing process to victims of Gukurahundi,
flawed land reform process, Murambatsvina and the violence perpetrated
by ZANU –PF.
As we review what is
happening as Christians, we do not despair. We believe our God is
in control. We now see greater challenge to all of us as civil society.
However, we must not take the recent events as totally negative.
At least there is finally some movements towards what we have been
praying for. By agreeing to any changes at all ZANU-PF Government
has finally admitted that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.
What is now needed by
all of us in the Church and in civil society is the strength and
resolution to continue with the struggle until there is political,
economic and social transformation in our country.
May God bless us all
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